WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Loughlin and Huffman allegedly spent thousands of dollars to get their children into prestigious schools.
- Allegations include faking SAT scores and being designated as USC crew team recruits.
- Experts say it will definitely take time to recover, but the scandal isn’t likely to be the end of Loughlin and Huffman’s careers.
In a college admissions bribery scandal, more than 30 parents were involved, however, it’s two TV stars that are receiving the brunt of the attention. “That’s the price you pay for being in Hollywood,” says to Howard Bragman, crisis management expert, and CEO of La Brea Media. Allegedly Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman spent thousands of dollars to fake their children’s test scores and positions as athletes so they could access distinguished schools.
Allegations include Huffman spending $15,000 on a cheating scheme during her daughter’s SAT test-taking. The affidavit states that Huffman’s daughter scored 1420 on the SAT as compared to her PSAT, taken last year, which was over 400 points lower.
Loughlin and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, were charged for allegedly paying bribes that amounted to half a million dollars so their two daughters could be designated as University of Southern California crew team recruits, even if they didn’t participate in crew. This facilitated their admission to USC.
Experts say the scandal will definitely affect both actresses’ careers, but they’re not over. They also have a lot of explaining to do, however, their lawyers are advising them not to talk to anybody.
Eric Schiffer, chairman of Reputation and Management Consultants says that “they need to vigorously dispute the charges” if they’re innocent. Schiffer also says that if they are guilty, the two need to be careful and remain silent because if they deceive the public, they will “destroy any chance of rebuilding their brand and trust.”
Source: USA Today