We knew as soon as Lori Loughlin started pushing the narrative that she’s just a humble faith-based mom who would do anything for her children. We knew it would eventually come to this: Lori and Mossimo Giannulli running to People to perform their outrage at being treated like common criminals. They’re crying to People because they’re being called CHEATERS. They can’t believe anyone would dare to criticize THEM. That anyone would dare think they are the villains.
Lori Loughlin and husband Mossimo Giannulli don’t appreciate the backlash over their alleged involvement in the college admissions cheating scam. After pleading not guilty earlier this week, a source tells PEOPLE that the couple resents how the case is playing out in the public eye.
“This is putting unspeakable stress on her and her family,” a source close to Loughlin tells PEOPLE. “They’re having to play this all out publicly, and they’re fair game for jokes and memes, but also outraged [by] people who are saying that they are cheaters.”
“They’re being destroyed,” the source adds.
On Monday, the couple pled not guilty to both charges they face in the case: mail fraud and money laundering conspiracy. A source previously told PEOPLE that the plea was the “only choice” they had after rejecting an offer for a deal from prosecutors. But with the plea now comes the possibility of a trial.
“The idea of going to trial is terrifying for Lori,” says the source close to the actress. “Everything comes out in trial, whether or not it’s relevant to the case. She will be under a microscope, and you only have to look at the paparazzi outside the court to know that there is widespread interest in this case. She will lose every bit of her privacy, and that’s a shame. This really is a family matter.”
If Lori hates being called a “cheater,” just wait until the gals in prison give her a nickname. I think Hallmark Bitch has a nice ring to it. I mean, this People article is a work of art, if you consider white privilege and obliviousness ART. “This really is a family matter,” when her $500K scheme included scamming the NCAA, a California university and multistate fraud. “They’re fair game for jokes and memes, but also outraged [by] people who are saying that they are cheaters” - OH NO NOT MEMES. How will she ever survive becoming a meme, you guys?
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