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Pictured: Lori Loughlin, Felicity Huffman Arrive at Court for College Scandal Hearing

By Zachary Stieber

“Full House” actress Lori Loughlin and “Desperate Housewives” actress Felicity Huffman arrived at the federal courthouse in Boston on April 3 to face charges in the nationwide college bribery scheme.

Loughlin arrived at the courthouse shortly before the 2:30 p.m. hearing with her husband Mossimo Giannulli, a fashion designer who was also charged with conspiracy to commit fraud.

Huffman arrived holding hands with her brother, Moore Huffman Jr.

Huffman’s husband, actor William Macy, was absent after appearing with Huffman at her initial court appearance in March. Macy was not charged in the scheme.

All three were seated in the front row inside the courtroom, according to NBC Boston reporter Caroline Connolly.

Loughlin, Huffman, and Giannulli have not commented on the case publicly since the indictments against 50 people, including 33 parents, was unveiled on March 12 by federal authorities.

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Actress Lori Loughlin (L) appears in this court sketch at a hearing for a racketeering case involving the allegedly fraudulent admission of children to elite universities, at the federal courthouse in downtown Los Angeles, Calif., on March 13, 2019. (Mona Shafer Edwards/Reuters)
Actress Felicity Huffman (R) appears in a court sketch at an initial hearing for defendants in a racketeering case involving the allegedly fraudulent admission of children to elite universities, at the U.S. federal courthouse in downtown Los Angeles, Calif. on March 12, 2019. (Mona Edwards/Reuters)

William “Rick” Singer, head of the nonprofit The Key Worldwide, pleaded guilty to a slew of charges the next day. Prosecutors said he orchestrated the scheme, funneling money that was described as donations to associates that helped students cheat their way into elite colleges such as the University of Southern California (USC) and Georgetown University.

Loughlin and Giannulli were accused of paying Singer $500,000 to get their two daughters designated as crew recruits by a USC administrator that prosecutors said was working with Singer. Both daughters gained admittance to the university.

Actress Felicity Huffman arrives holding hands with her brother Moore Huffman Jr., left, at federal court in Boston on April 3, 2019, to face charges in a nationwide college admissions bribery scandal. (Charles Krupa/AP Photo)
Two people hold cutout photos of actress Lori Loughlin outside federal court in Boston, where Loughlin was scheduled to face charges in a nationwide college admissions bribery scandal on April 3, 2019. (Charles Krupa/AP Photo)

Huffman was accused of paying Singer $15,000 to have an associate of his boost her daughter’s SAT exam score.

Prosecutors said that some of the children of the parents accused in the scheme were aware of what was happening while others were not. No children have been charged as of yet.

Other parents scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday included Gordon Caplan, a former co-chairman of the international New York-based law firm Wilkie Farr & Gallagher, and John Wilson, an investor who allegedly paid Singer $220,000 to get his son into USC and another $1 million to try to secure spots for his daughters at Stanford University and Harvard University, respectively.