Lori Loughlin’s daughters will not return to the University of Southern California, or USC, because they reportedly cannot deal with the bullying.
TMZ reported that 19-year-old Olivia and 20-year-old Isabella made the decision not to return back to the school.
“Our sources say they have the full support of their parents, Lori and Mossimo Giannulli, both of whom have been indicted in the college bribery scandal,” TMZ reported on March 14. Giannulli, a fashion designer, founded the Mossimo clothing company before it was bought.
A source told the news outlet that if the girls went back to USC, they would be “viciously bullied.”
According to a federal indictment, Loughlin and her husband allegedly paid $500,000 to secure their daughters’ entry into the college. They are accused of paying to have them be designated as recruits for the USC crew team despite them not participating.
Giannulli allegedly sent photos of the girls on rowing machines as part of the scam, according to TMZ.
Oliva, according to the entertainment news website, “is a mess, despondent and feeling like it’s the end of the world” after the scandal. She and her sister will now “lay low” and won’t enroll in another school for some time.
Oliva was known as a social media influencer and had a considerable following on YouTube. She recently partnered with Sephora but on March 14, the firm said it is cutting ties with her and has pulled her products from its website, NBC News reported.
The six-color Olivia Jade x Sephora Collection Bronze & Illuminate Palette, which costs $28, is not available on Sephora’s website any longer, according to NBC. The product was released in December 2018.
“After careful review of recent developments, we have made the decision to end the Sephora Collection partnership with Olivia Jade, effective immediately,” Sephora told NBC News.
Loughlin, who appeared on “Full House,” was released on $1 million bond on March 13.
“Desperate Housewives” actress Felicity Huffman, who is married to longtime actor William H. Macy, was also charged in the bribery. She is accused of paying $15,000 to get her children into a private school. Macy wasn’t changed in the case.
Huffman was arrested and posted $250,000 bond earlier this week.
Other than the two actresses, CEOs of several companies were charged, according to the Department of Justice (DOJ).
“Dozens of individuals involved in a nationwide conspiracy that facilitated cheating on college entrance exams and the admission of students to elite universities as purported athletic recruits were arrested by federal agents in multiple states this morning and charged in federal court in Boston,” a DOJ news release said of the case.
Colleges involved in bribery case included Yale, Georgetown, Stanford, USC, UCLA, Wake Forest, and others, according to the release.
William Singer: Mastermind?
Sacramento resident William “Rick” Singer was described by federal officials as the mastermind in the case.
The bribes allegedly came through Singer’s admissions consulting company, Edge College & Career Network. The parents paid Singer approximately $25 million to help get their children into college, The Associated Press reported.
The conspiracy allegedly included bribing entrance exam administrators to allow test takers to take exams in the place of students or to correct students’ answers, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts. Prosecutors say the company also bribed university athletic coaches and administrators to get students admitted under the guise of being recruited as athletes.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.