All week, we’ve been talking about how Lori Loughlin lives in denial about her circumstances. She truly thought she could peddle her churchy Hallmark crap to federal prosecutors and the media and nothing would happen to her. She rejected a plea deal that would have gotten her a two year prison sentence, only to then get indicted for additional crimes. It’s clear that the federal prosecutors have more than enough evidence. It’s also clear that Lori has been workshopping her trial defense for weeks – she’s just a Jesus-loving white mom who does yoga and Pilates, just like you. She only spent $500,000 cheating her daughters into college because EVERY parent would do that for their kids, right?
For the last month, Lori Loughlin has grappled with the charges against her in the high-profile college admissions cheating scandal, a source close to the actress tells PEOPLE.
“It’s just taking some time for it to sink in that what she was allegedly doing could be considered illegal,” says the source. “To her, it wasn’t egregious behavior. Was it entitled and perhaps selfish? Perhaps. But she didn’t see it as being a legal violation. From the beginning, she didn’t want to take a deal, because she felt that she hadn’t done anything that any mom wouldn’t have done, if they had the means to do so,” the source continues. “So this wasn’t her being obstinate; this was her truly not understanding the seriousness of the allegations.”
Now things are beginning to sink in for the actress, the source says. “She’s trying to decide what is the best move for her,” says the source. “She has no desire to prolong this for anyone, but she still believes that she deserves a fair outcome. Obviously, the deal, if any, will be different than if she had taken a deal a week ago [before the latest charge],” the source continues. “She’s a smart woman and she realizes that. But she is amenable to discussing how to put this behind everyone now. She’s ready for this to go away.”
The repetition of “she’s ready for this to go away” in several stories this week makes me think that Lori really and truly does not understand the fact that she could go to prison for two decades. She thinks she can wave this away like a bad bottle of Chardonnay. She thinks it’s just a matter of calling in the right favors from the right connections. She might even be right – Lori and Mossimo are allegedly hadcore Republicans, and I’m sure they’ve donated money to powerful people in the government. Maybe a discreet call to some ally at DOJ? Who knows. I’d like to believe that wouldn’t work, but in Trumplandia, anything is possible.
Also: “To her, it wasn’t egregious behavior. Was it entitled and perhaps selfish? Perhaps. But she didn’t see it as being a legal violation… she felt that she hadn’t done anything that any mom wouldn’t have done, if they had the means to do so.” Again, I truly hope that parents like Lori Loughlin are the minority. The idea of it is so foreign to me, the idea that my parents would have thought so little of my education that they would buy my way into college. My dad (an Indian immigrant/highly educated engineer) and my mom (a public school teacher) always took the educators’ side in any school issue. If I had bad grades (and a bad grade was a B in my house), it was because I wasn’t working hard enough, not because of the school or the teachers.
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