Earlier this month, the Full House star and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, were indicted by the Department of Justice in connection to the headlines-making scam. She and Mossimo, 55, are just two of about 50 other wealthy people accused of being involved — including fellow actress and Desperate Housewives star Felicity Huffman.
“It’s absolutely shocking,” a source told Us Weekly. “Nobody knew and nobody would expect this from [Lori and Mossimo]. They are good people and it’s very sad to hear this went on. It’s disappointing.”
Adds the source: “There’s going to be backlash and people already want to distance themselves. The fact that this was the example and life lesson they taught their daughters is just very surprising, knowing who they are.”
In the papers, Lori and Mossimo are accused of having “agreed to pay bribes totaling $500,000 in exchange for having their two daughters [Isabella Rose Giannulli, 20, and Olivia Jade Giannulli, 19] designated as recruits to the USC crew team — despite the fact that they did not participate in crew — thereby facilitating their admission to USC.”
Lori’s circle of friends are keeping away during this trying time, but it seems she is getting support from her Fuller House family. Candace Cameron-Bure, Jodie Sweetin and Andrea Barber attended the 2019 Kids’ Choice Awards over the weekend and said “family sticks together no matter what.”
“They stick together through the hard times, they support each other, they encourage one another, they pray for each other and they stand by their side no matter how tough it gets,” Candice, 42, said while accepting the award for Favorite Funny TV Show alongside Jodie, 37, and Andrea, 42.
As for Lori and Felicity’s actual families, sources told Closer Weekly that both broods are “devastated.”