Videos Show Lori Loughlin Arriving at Courthouse to Face Judge

Zachary Stieber
By Zachary Stieber
April 4, 2019USshare
Videos Show Lori Loughlin Arriving at Courthouse to Face Judge
People photograph actress Lori Loughlin as she arrives at federal court in Boston to face charges in a nationwide college admissions bribery scandal on April 3, 2019. (Charles Krupa/AP Photo)

Multiple videos showed the moment “Full House” actress Lori Loughlin arrived at a federal courthouse in Boston on April 3 to face a judge.

Loughlin, accompanied by husband Mossimo Giannulli, arrived near the courthouse in a black van, exiting from one of the back passenger doors.

She then walked across a plaza outside the courthouse, surrounded by a slew of reporters, protesters, and fans, pausing only to sign a few autographs.

While some shouted phrases of support, such as “I love you, Lori!” others jeered, yelling “Lori, pay my tuition!”

Loughlin barely talked to reporters, fans, or critics—at one point, she said “I’m great!” in response to a “How are you?”— smiling and waving as she walked purposefully toward the courthouse and entered to face Judge Mary Page Kelley.

After waiting in the front row in the courtroom for about 40 minutes, Loughlin and Giannulli were brought before the judge. They said they understood their rights and the charges and waived their rights to preliminary hearings in the case.

They also informed Kelley that they had surrendered their passports.

Soon, they exited the courthouse and left the area.

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

Loughlin and Giannulli are among the 33 parents facing charges in a nationwide college bribery scheme. Federal prosecutors announced the indictments on March 12. Loughlin and Giannulli were charged with conspiracy to commit mail and honest services fraud. They face up to 20 years in prison each if convicted.

Prosecutors said that the couple paid William “Rick” Singer, who ran a nonprofit called The Key Worldwide, also known as The Edge Career Network, $500,000 to get their daughters designated as recruits for the University of Southern California’s rowing team.

Olivia Jade, 19, and Isabella, 20, both got into the school under the guise of being athletic recruits despite never having competed at a competitive level.

A YouTube star and social media influencer, the younger daughter said multiple times that she didn’t care about school and was focused on her career.

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)

Isabella, an actress, also reportedly didn’t want to attend school.

Singer pleaded guilty on March 12 to racketeering conspiracy, money laundering conspiracy, conspiracy to defraud the United States, and obstruction of justice; prosecutors said he cooperated with federal law enforcement for months, calling the parents embroiled in the scheme and recording conversations to get officials more evidence to support the indictments.

Singer is due to be sentenced in June and was released on $500,000 bond.

The next court appearances for Loughlin and Giannulli have not been scheduled, according to the Department of Justice website. She and Giannulli are both free on bond but are not allowed to travel outside the country until the cases are resolved.

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