Lori Loughlin, Mossimo Giannulli Make Request to Court in College Admissions Scam Trial

Lori Loughlin, Mossimo Giannulli Make Request to Court in College Admissions Scam Trial
Actress Lori Loughlin (front) and husband, clothing designer Mossimo Giannulli depart federal court in Boston on April 3, 2019. (Steven Senne/AP Photo)

Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli made a request in a court filing in the college admissions scam trial.

Lawyers for Loughlin, 54, and Giannulli, 55, filed documents requesting that the government turn over all evidence prosecutors have gathered in the case.

Fifteen other defendants also joined the request, according to Fox News, which obtained the documents.

Loughlin and Giannulli’s representatives asked a judge to suspend all motions in the case ahead of the next scheduled hearing, recently set for June 3, until they get all the evidence they’ve requested.

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Actress Lori Loughlin and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, are “not ready” to enter a plea for their alleged role in the college admissions scandal, a source close to the actress said. (Steve Senne/AP)

While fellow actress Felicity Huffman and 12 other parents pleaded guilty in the nationwide scheme, Loughlin, her husband, and 15 other parents declined to take a plea deal, leading to an additional charge being filed against them.

They now face up to 40 years in prison and fines of up to $750,000, or possibly higher, if convicted on both counts.

Loughlin and Giannulli paid William “Rick” Singer $500,000 to get their two daughters, Olivia Jade, 19, and Isabella, 20, into the University of Southern California, according to authorities. Singer funneled some of the money to an administrator at the school, who got the girls designated as recruits for the rowing team despite their lack of experience on a competitive crew.

Singer, who ran a nonprofit known as The Key Worldwide, pleaded guilty on March 12 to racketeering and conspiracy charges and is set to be sentenced in June.

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Clothing designer Mossimo Giannulli, left, Lori Loughlin’s husband, departs federal court in Boston after facing charges in a nationwide college admissions bribery scandal on April 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Neither Loughlin nor Giannulli have commented on the case publicly but a slew of reports allege that they’re anxious about the trial and fearful of going to prison if convicted.

According to one of the latest reports, the couple’s longtime marriage is being affected by the tumult.

“Lori is constantly arguing with Mossimo because she is beginning to grasp that they are in very serious jeopardy,” a source told Us Weekly.

Another source claimed that Loughlin’s inner circle believes that Giannulli came up with the scheme.

Everyone feels bad for her. They think the situation was something concocted by her husband,” the source said. “Her friends don’t like him.”

Actress Lori Loughlin poses with her daugthers
Actress Lori Loughlin (C), poses with daughters Olivia Jade Giannulli (L), and Isabella Rose Giannulli at the 2019 An Unforgettable Evening in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Feb. 28, 2019. (Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Another source told Entertainment Tonight that Loughlin thought she was not breaking the law.

“[Loughlin and Giannulli] claim they were under the impression they might be breaking rules, but not laws,” the source said. “They feel they were manipulated by those involved and are planning that as part of their defense.”

“They realize how serious the charges are, but feel that once the judge hears their story he will see they had no bad intentions,” the source added.

Loughlin is also reportedly fearful that her daughters will have to testify if the case goes to trial.

“Lori is very concerned about what a trial will do to her daughters,” a legal source told People magazine. “It will undermine every accomplishment they have in the future and it will be part of their story forever.”

Despite pleading not guilty, Loughlin is aware that her best option is not going to trial, according to the report.

“It’s not in their best interest for this to go to trial, and Lori knows it. Because if it goes to trial, the girls will have to take the stand, and be cross-examined by a prosecution that wants nothing more than to put a notch on their belt,” the legal source said. “Lori is very afraid that her daughters will have to testify. That will traumatize them even more.”

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