WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Former TV star Lori Loughlin is said to be in constant fear after watching Felicity Huffman being sentenced to prison and fined for paying out bribes in the college admissions scandal.
- While Huffman pleaded guilty for the charges she faced, Loughlin and husband pleaded not guilty for similar charges that involved paying bribes for their 2 daughters to be accepted at the University of Southern California.
- ET’s source shared that Lori and friends now dread that prosecution might make an example out of her because of her ‘not guilty’ plea.
A source reveals to ET that the former Full House actress is terrified on what is in store for her given that actress Felicity Huffman was given a 14-day prison sentence along with a $ 30,000 fine for her role in the college admissions scandal.
“She can’t help thinking, if Felicity received real prison time, what could that mean for her?” says the source who added that Lori initially thought that Felicity shouldn’t have entered a guilty plea.
However, as Huffman’s situation unraveled, her friends fear the prosecution would want to make an example out of her due to her ‘not guilty’ plea.
The 55-year-old TV actor and husband, Mossimo Giannulli, pleaded not guilty in April after being charged for allegedly paying bribes amounting to $500,000 so their 19-year-old daughter Olivia and 20-year-old Bella would be admitted as recruits for the University of Southern California crew team, despite the fact that neither had ever been involved in the sport.
Huffman on the other hand, pleaded guilty in May to mail fraud and honest services maid fraud after purportedly paying $15,000 to have a proctor alter the SAT answers of the 19-year-old daughter, Sophia.
“Lori has confided in friends that she has nightmares about what’s to come and has been living with constant anxiety. Lori felt taking a deal was a mistake. She doesn’t believe she deserves jail time,” shares ET’s source.
The source also added that “things have been very rough” as Lori and Giannuli tried so hard to keep the family together this summer.
On Aug. 27, a judge allowed the couple to share the same attorneys in their forthcoming trial.
Lawyer Rachel Stockman previously told ET, “I think, given the circumstances of what they’re up against with the trial, it’s probably the smartest strategy they have yet because jurors would have to believe both of them are lying.”
Reports have also been circulating that Loughlin and Giannulli are on the verge of divorce however, ET’s source denied this saying it was “absolutely untrue.”