Full House star Lori Loughlin is said to have hit "low point" and is about to break for her upcoming trial in the university admission scandal, afraid she might spend a long time behind bars.
Since she and her husband Mossimo Giannulli were accused of paying a bribe of $ 500,000 for their daughters, Olivia Jade, 20, and Isabella Giannulli, 21, to be admitted to the University of Southern California, the couple would have tried their family life as normal as possible.
But with their next court date set to January 17 and an additional bribe issued by prosecutors earlier this month, the family would now be in panic and "chaos." People.
"The whole family is currently in chaos. They knew (the third indictment) was a possibility, but they thought it might just be a prosecutor's negotiating tool, & the source told the outlet. & # 39;
Now that the charges are official, they realize that there is no way to prevent a reasonably long prison sentence unless they are found guilty during a trial. & # 39;
Another source told CNN the actress has "been destroyed" by the fact that she "could go on for a long time – and that is frightening".
Full House star Lori Loughlin should & # 39; bottoming & # 39; have hit and & # 39; is about to break & # 39; for her upcoming trial in the university admission scandal, afraid she might spend a long time behind bars
Since she and her husband Mossimo Giannulli have been accused of paying a bribe of $ 500,000 for their daughters, Olivia Jade (right), 20, and Isabella Giannulli (left), 21, to be admitted to the University of Southern California, the couple are said to have tried to keep their family life as normal as possible
In a press release, the US Department of Justice said that Loughlin, 55, Giannulli, 56 and nine other defendants & # 39; have worked together to commit federal program bribery by employees of the University of Southern California (USC) to bribe the admission of facilitate their children & # 39 ;.
In exchange for the alleged bribe, USC coaches and athletics officials allegedly enrolled the children as recruited athletes, regardless of their athletic skills.
Loughlin, her husband and the nine other defendants have now each been accused of one count of conspiracy to commit bribery of federal programs.
Earlier, Loughlin and Giannulli were confronted with allegations of money laundering conspiracy, conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, and fair service mail and wire fraud.
They did not plead guilty to the charges in April and are now behind bars for up to 45 years if they are convicted.
In a press release, the US Department of Justice said that Loughlin, 55, Giannulli, 56 and nine other defendants & # 39; have worked together to commit federal program bribery by employees of the University of Southern California (USC) to bribe the admission of facilitate their children & # 39;
When asked how the continuing scandal affected her marriage, a source told CNN that it is now & # 39; overloaded & # 39; is between Loughlin and Giannulli.
The couple would consider their upcoming legal battle as an "David versus Goliath" effort, fearing that the federal government would set an example for them by giving them tougher sentences if they are found guilty.
"The stress to break them," the source said. & # 39; All she wanted was the best for her daughters and she wanted people to see it. She absolutely regrets the way she has treated herself, because this has all come to the fore. & # 39;
However, Loughling remains adamant that the allegations against her are not true, according to People's source.
& # 39; Does she regret not having accepted the deal? Of course she does, because it would have been simpler, & the source explained.
"But taking the deal would have admitted blame and she believes she was duped by unscrupulous people who enriched her. It is her opinion that she was not a sort of criminal mastermind. & # 39;
Despite the reported tense relationships between Loughlin and Giannulli, Lori and her two daughters are said to be & # 39; closer than ever & # 39; to be.
& # 39; I love the people I love and I have empathy for people who have been in my life for 35 years. I don't exclude people & # 39 ;: Bob Saget expressed support for Full House co-star Lori Loughlin in an interview with Fox News on Wednesday. The pair is pictured on the right in 2007 and on the left on the 1990 show set
Loughlin is depicted with her two daughters, Olivia Jade (left) and Isabella (right). She would have paid a bribe of $ 500,000 so that they could be admitted to the US
Bob Saget expressed support for his Full House co-star Loughlin on Wednesday, amid claims of her unrest.
In an interview with Fox news on Wednesday, 63-year-old Saget – who first started working with Loughlin on the successful sitcom in 1988 – stated: & # 39; I said for a while & # 39; No comment & # 39; and now it makes no sense … I love the people I love, and I have empathy for people who have been in my life for 35 years. I don't exclude people. & # 39;
He added: & # 39; I've never had friends grow up, so I'm lucky I have (now) & # 39 ;.
The actor released seven works with Loughlin, 55, at Full House, before the show packed in 1995.
The couple met again in 2015, with Netflix restarting the hit sitcom under the new title, Fuller House.
The fifth and final season of that show almost starts with the production, but it is thought that Loughlin will not return. The actress was fired from her other TV series, Hallmark's When Calls The Heart, after she was first accused in the university admission scandal in March.
Loughlin has the support of her co-stars Saget (left), John Stamos (center left) and Candace Cameron Bure (left). The group is shown together in 2009
Saget and Loughlin depicted on the Full House set in 1990
Meanwhile, Saget is not the only Full House star to defend Loughlin in the light of the scandal.
In August, John Stamos – who played Loughlin's love interest on the sitcom – spoke in support of the actress.
"Whatever happened, I'm pretty sure the punishment is not the same as the crime, if there was a crime," Stamos told GQ.
Meanwhile, co-star Candace Cameron Bure told reporters in March: “Where there is much heart, there is much love.
& # 39; A loving family stays together no matter what happens. They stay together in difficult times, they support each other, they encourage each other, they pray for each other, and they stand by their side, no matter how difficult it becomes & # 39 ;.
Loughlin (second from the right) is pictured with her co-stars from Fuller House in 2017
15 parents were initially accused in the university admission scandal in March, including the star of Desperate Housewives, Felicity Huffman.
Unlike Loughlin, Huffman pleaded guilty in the scandal and accepted a plea.
She served 11 days in prison after being found guilty of paying admission consultant Rick Singer $ 15,000 to fake the answers for her now 19-year-old daughter, Sophia.
She must now complete 250 hours of community service.
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