“[Lori] reads everything that’s written about her and it’s killing her that her squeaky-clean reputation has done a total 180,” a source says tells Us Weekly. “She thinks she’s not going to serve jail time and [will] return to work.” The 54-year-old became nationwide news when she and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, were arrested and accused of paying half a million dollars in bribes to get their daughters, Bella, 20, and Olivia, 19, into the University of Southern California and their rowing team — despite not having any experience.
The Full House alum apparently also believes she is innocent, as another source told the outlet on the “Hot Hollywood” podcast that she “is taking Mossimo’s advice. She thinks she did nothing wrong … Her husband presented this to her like it wasn’t an illegal thing she was doing.”
The insider added, “She’s not looking at the media reports which explains her lack of self-awareness. She’s not really reading what’s out there.”
Lori wasn’t the only Hollywood notable caught up in the scandal, as Desperate Housewives actress Felicity Huffman was also accused of making “a purported charitable contribution of $15,000 … to participate in the college entrance exam cheating scheme on behalf of her eldest daughter,” according to ABC News.
As for all the kids involved in this mess, Dr. Melanie Greenberg, a clinical psychologist in Mill Valley, California, once exclusively told Closer Weekly just how much this can hurt them. “The message that results matter and that ethics and values don’t matter isn’t a good life lesson,” she said.
Lori and Mossimo both pleaded not guilty in April to charges of money laundering and conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud. Each of the charges may land them 20 years in federal prison.