[Blind Gossip] These two celebrities handled the same humiliating scandal completely differently.
Actress 1 immediately acknowledged her mistake, apologized for her desperate behavior, and took her punishment.
She is now moving on with her life.
Actress 2 did the opposite.
Actress 2 denied any culpability, blamed everyone else, and is still throwing money at the situation to fight against any kind of penalty.
That may be a big mistake.
She feels like she is in quicksand. The more she fights it, the more charges get thrown at her and the worse the potential outcome. She is scared for herself and for her whole family. At this point, though, she doesn’t think she can reverse course. She’s in too deep.
Is there anything else she can do?
She has been looking at every way possible to buy her way out of trouble. Not with the lawyer fees but by “incentivizing” others to help her get off the hook. So far, it’s not working.
It’s fascinating that she would use her fortune to try to buy her way out of this… when trying to buy her way IN was the cause of the whole problem to begin with!
Doesn’t she understand that being so full of hubris may result in a stint in the big house?
Similar: Celebs On A Plane
[Optional] Are you starting to feel sorry for Actress 2? What do you think should/will happen to her?
Actress 1: Felicity Huffman
Actress 2: Lori Loughlin
Actress Lori Loughlin and her husband, designer Mossimo Giannulli, have plead GUILTY and are going to PRISON!
Loughlin and Giannulli have agreed to plead guilty to their role in the Varsity Blues college bribery scandal.
Lori Louglin will serve two months. Mossimo will serve five months. They also must pay fines and perform community service.
Let’s compare how Felicity Huffman and Lori Louglin handled this.
Felicity Huffman (Desperate Housewives) plead guilty early on, apologized, and was sentenced to two weeks in prison.
While Huffman actually only spent eleven days in a green uniform (that was not designed by Mossimo Giannulli for Target), Lori Loughlin (Full House) did not want to do any time. So she took a different route.
Loughlin dug in early, threw more and more money at the case over the course of the past year, and tried to accuse everyone else of misconduct.
That was really dumb.
Loughlin’s strategy brought her nothing except more charges, more public scrutiny, the release of more damning evidence (like Olivia’s fake rowing resume and the staged photos of both Olivia and Isabella on rowing machines), and less public sympathy.
Your friends at Blind Gossip have been telling you for months that Loughlin and Giannulli knew that their strategy was not working.
We also told you that, despite reports, they were not getting a divorce and that they were regretting not taking a plea deal (see Back To School Tears for details).
As Loughlin and Giannulli kept fighting, more charges were made against them, more evidence was leaked/presented about them, and the more potential prison time they faced.
They were sinking deeper and deeper into the quicksand. The charges kept mounting until they reached the point where they were facing up to a combined total of forty years in prison.
FORTY. YEARS. IN PRISON.
That was the breaking point. That is why they finally took the plea deal.
First, a quick summary of the case.
From Thompson Reuters:
Actress Lori Loughlin, husband to plead guilty to U.S. college admissions scam
… Loughlin and Giannulli are among 53 people charged with involvement in a scheme where wealthy parents conspired with a California college admissions consultant to use bribery and other fraud to secure the admission of their children to top schools.
The consultant, William “Rick” Singer, pleaded guilty last year to running a scheme to facilitate cheating on college entrance exams and use bribery to secure the admission of various parents’ children to schools as fake athletic recruits.
Prosecutors allege Loughlin and Giannulli agreed with Singer to pay $500,000 in bribes to have their two daughters named as fake recruits to the University of Southern California crew team.
The couple was scheduled to face trial in October alongside several other parents charged in the admissions scandal. Their lawyers previously contended their clients did not know their money was used for bribes rather than university donations.
We had no idea that we were doing anything shady by paying a $500K bribe and creating fake photos and resumes for a sport our daughters never played! No idea! Look at us on our yacht!
This scamming, bribing, lying couple is now going to prison.
From LA Magazine:
Lori Loughlin Agrees to Two Months in Prison as Part of College Admissions Plea Deal
After months spent maintaining their innocence and even accusing prosecutors of stymieing their defense, actress Lori Loughlin and fashion designer husband Mossimo Giannulli have reportedly agreed to plead guilty to their role in the College Admissions Scandal.
Loughlin and Giannulli, who are accused of paying $500,000 in bribes to scheme mastermind Rick Singer to get their daughters Olivia Jade and Isabella Rose in USC, were among a handful of holdouts in the case.
That holding out strategy did not work for them.
Loughlin has agreed to a sentence of two months in prison, a $150,000 fine, and 100 hours of community service, while Giannulli agreed to a more brutal five-month sentence, plus a $250,000 fine, and 250 hours of community service.
Giannulli is taking the heat for more charges than his wife, who will plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud; Giannulli will plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud, plus honest services wire and mail fraud.
Even as other parents pled guilty and did their time—including actress Felicity Huffman, who served all of 11 days in a California prison—Loughlin and Giannulli continued to dig in their heels. But their prospects of overcoming the rap looked increasingly bleak as details of the case emerged, including a document that appeared to be a (poorly) falsified athletic resume for daughter Olivia Jade, who was admitted to USC as a member of the crew team, despite that she’s a social media influencer rather than a rower.
Loughlin and Giannulli are the 23rd and 24th parents to plead guilty in the Operation Varsity Blues scandal.
Justice is served.
It couldn’t happen to nicer people. Or lovelier children.
Congratulations to everyone who got this one right!was first!
Related: Back To School Tears