Operation Varsity Blues has reportedly started to affect Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Gianulli’s marriage, after the couple pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud and money laundering charges on Monday.
The Fuller House actress and her designer spouse rejected a plea deal that would get then two-year prison sentences after they were some of 50 people accused in a country-wide scam to get students into colleges by faking admissions tests among other entry requirements.
According to insiders, friends of Loughlin are blaming her husband – father to Olivia Jade, 19, and Isabella, 20 – as they face 40 years in prison.
‘Everyone feels bad’ for Lori Loughlin but blames her husband Mossimo Giannulli for the college admissions scandal, a source said. The pair are reportedly arguing amid a legal battle
They face 40 years in prison for alleged $500,000 bribes to get daughters Isabella (left) and Olivia Jade (right) into USC
‘Lori is constantly arguing with Mossimo because she is beginning to grasp that they are in very serious jeopardy,’ a source told
The couple allegedly paid $500,000 for people to take the admissions tests on behalf of their daughters and claimed they both rowed crew to get them into the University of Southern California.
Many parents are accused of bribing sports coaches to cover for their lies in the scheme William Singer admitted he masterminded.
The couple have been photographed over the years with Brooke Shields, Tom Hanks, John Travolta, Lisa Rinna and Eva Longoria.
Pals reportedly claim Gianulli came up with idea. Kyle Richards said during Watch What Happens Live in March that she was shocked that her good friend was caught up in this mess
The actress’ friends ‘don’t like’ her designer husband according to source. She is seen third from left with (L-R) Andrea Barber, Candace Cameron Bure, John Stamos, Caitlin McHugh, Bob Saget, and Kelly Rizzo, last September in Los Angeles
Bailee Madison, Brooke Shields and Nancy Grace seen with Loughlin at a 2016 Hallmark party
People previously reported that the couple’s friends had shied away from them immediately after the scandal broke.
‘Lori and Mossimo are finding out quickly who their real friends are,’ the insider said. ‘It’s not like they are the victims of a crime. They are the crime.
‘Many of their friends don’t want to be associated with them right now. Their friends are shocked at the allegations.’
A month ago Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills star Kyle Richards insisted she knew nothing about her friend Loughlin’s alleged involvement in the bribery scandal.
In 2016 with (L-R) TV personality Megan Telles, Staples Senior Vice President Liz Haesler, professional beach volleyball player Gabrielle Reece, Manager of Content Marketing for SheKnows Media Davida Arnold, and co-founder of ‘Whats Up Moms’ Elle Walker
Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, John Travolta, Ella Bleu Travolta, Kelly Preston, Conner Rayburn, Robin Williams, Seth Green and Dax Shepard with Loughlin in 2009
‘We know a lot of people in that circle and it was really shocking,’ she admitted as she appeared on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen in March.
Richards’ daughter Sophia, 19, attends George Washington University in Washington D.C. and is friends with Loughlin’s daughters.
‘They are really great people,’ Richards said. ‘I’m really so confused about all of this. Everyone is talking about it today, in our world and our circle. Until today, I had never heard this ever existed.’
Loughlin is also pals with Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills star Lisa Rinna; seen in 2008
In 2005 Loughlin posed with Eva Longoria and Marcia Cross of Desperate Housewives fame
Loughlin is pictured left in the 1980s with Christopher Atkins, Cindy Gibb and Tanya Tucker