Page Six is part of the New York Post, which is part of the Murdoch empire, so I always regard Page Six’s agenda with a healthy amount of skepticism. That being said, I f–king love it when they do bitchy, in-depth stories about certain celebrities. They recently did a longer piece on Taylor Swift and her history of misrepresentation. And now they’re coming for Lori Loughlin’s scamming ass. Lori and her husband Mossimo are due in court in Boston this week for something to do with all of the felony charges they’re facing with the Operation Varsity Blues scandal. Which is why they’re on the current issue of People Magazine, and it’s why we’ve been getting all of these updates about how Poor Lori is doing. Don’t you know she’s been living in her own PRISON. Don’t you know how faith-based she is. Some highlights from this Page Six piece:
Lori & Mossimo are locked down in their $35 million mansion in Bel Air: “Lori and Mossimo are being contemplative and spiritual right now. Lori goes out a little bit, but the paparazzi follow her everywhere. She’s like a hunted animal.” They have been lying low. Loughlin has curtailed her usual yoga classes and Body by Simone workouts.
They go to church every Sunday: The one place she still shows up every week: The Church of the Good Shepherd, a Catholic house of worship in Beverly Hills. “They feel a lot of support there,” said another pal.
Their neighbors don’t want to hang out: “A lot of these people are socially prominent, give to charities, have done the right things wealthy people are supposed to do in this town. They’re scared they might get ostracized by association,” said a Bel Air insider of the couple’s friends and neighbors. “They’re calling less, inviting less. Hanging back — for now. If [Giannulli and Loughlin] are not convicted, everything will go back to the way it was. But if they are, well, they might want to move. It’s sort of Bel Air ‘Bonfire of the Vanities.’ ”
Their daughters’ classmates & fellow parents don’t want them around: A Loughlin source added: “The [friends and neighbors] with kids in college or kids who’ll be applying to colleges next year, they’re afraid an association with Lori and Mossimo — even with Olivia and Bella — might make them appear ‘entitled.’ Which is something you don’t want to seem, even in Bel Air, at least, for this moment.”
Their marriage is strong though: Although there have been reports that Loughlin and her husband of 22 years are being pulled apart by the scandal, the family friend denies this. “Mossimo and Lori are still very much in love,” she said. “It’s been trying for all of them, but they understand this is life and they got taken advantage of.”
They plan to blame everything on Rick Singer: According to insiders who spoke to The Post, the couple put the onus on scandal mastermind Singer and are planning a legal strategy claiming they had no idea their contributions were “bribes” to get their daughters accepted. “They thought Rick Singer was legit, that they were helping people by giving him a charitable contribution,” said the family friend of Singer’s KWF Foundation, through which the money was allegedly laundered and which claimed to benefit underserved children. “He was lying, not them.”
Olivia Jade’s plans for the future: “[Her dad is] encouraging her to do a beauty line — makeup, hair, skin care. She wants to use her new broader fame to her advantage,” said a neighbor. As for Isabella, the neighbor said she “wants to be an actress. She’s hoping the USC business won’t affect her in Hollywood. In fact, it could actually help with both of their careers. They are nationally famous now, much more than they were. They just need good advice.”
There’s also this hilarious quote from a TV casting agent: “No matter what happens, I don’t see Lori getting new gigs. If Felicity Huffman could plead guilty and apologize, why can’t Lori? She can play the victim here — but nobody’s a good enough actress to make us believe that.” I would say that Lori specifically is not a good enough actress to make us believe that she’s totally innocent. As for the rest of it… it hits all the sweet spots. They go to church every Sunday! Their fancy Bel Air friends are snubbing them! No one wants to look “entitled”… at the moment.
And honestly, I’m still laughing about the Rick Singer thing – Singer was truly working with the FBI. You could make the argument that he entrapped the parents, maybe, but that’s not even what Lori and Mossimo claim. They claim that they had no idea that he was going to scam their kids into college. It won’t hold up.
Photos courtesy of Avalon Red.
The people that act the most religious are usually the biggest hypocrites !
eh, I’d say that the people who TALK the most about how religious they are, are the biggest hypocrites.
but I know what you mean, and I agree. if you have to constantly tell people how religious/spiritual/church-going you are, you’re likely NOT.
just like it’s usually the most outspoken homophobes who are deep deep deep in the closet.
So true. If you give $ to the church, boom. absolved. Not so true w most US law. So go to church, whatever, but go to jail too Becky. Bye.
We’re still talking about them?
I hope everyone keeps talking about these entitled tw@ts. Education in the U.S. is expensive af and people like them should be made an example of.
They are in court in Boston today. Funnily enough, she didn’t sign autographs on the street this time.
They are arguing their right to use the same lawyer, a lawyer who previously represented the college they scammed. Why can’t they use the same lawyer, and where lies the problem? Do separate lawyers mean different sentences for each? Even the judge thinks it’s a bad idea.
To put it most simply, if they share counsel they can’t blame each other. More nuanced, the concern is that if there is evidence that supports one but dings the other, the lawyer has a conflict. And then they get to appeal their well-deserved convictions by claiming their counsel screwed up. Scam, scam, scam, all day long.
It’s a myth that people “set up” ineffective assistance of counsel claims. Such claims, in general, can’t be raised on direct appeal but must wait for a later stage of the process. They would likely serve a hefty chunk of their sentences before they could even begin to argue the IAC claim. Plus, I am confident the federal district court judge who heard the matter today conducted a pretty thorough waiver hearing today that locks them both in to this choice.
I’m confused… What tf did they think they were doing when their daughters were taking pictures for the crew team…when they don’t row? I mean, come on. Do they think we’re idiots? (I know the answer to that is yes.)
Good point about the staged photos. Are they planning to argue they innocently thought that is what everyone does to gain admittance?
My favourite line is “It’s been trying for all of them, but they understand this is life and they got taken advantage of.” They got taken advantage of. THEY. The disconnect is breathtaking.
yeah, I don’t know how they’re going to explain THAT one.
There is too much OTT victimhood to unpack here. Treated like a hunted animal? Daughters becoming more famous and just waiting to monetize it?
Just fast forward to the trial and give Becky and her husband a dose of reality.
And don’t forget Lori had to curtail her Body by Simone workout sessions! Gasp!
They (Lori, her hubby, the two daughters) are milking this notoriety for ALL it is worth. That is the game plan. Otherwise these twits would not have been getting People magazine covers. Otherwise she would have taken her medicine like Felicity Huffman had and moved on.
Instead of whining and complaining endlessly, they should thank their lucky stars than none of their entitled daughters have been indicted… yet. Given that they posed for those stupid rowing pictures, they are going to have a hard time arguing they did not know something unsavory was going on with these college applications.
Reading the first paragraphs I could just hear it in my head, Celebitchy’s narration with the background music, like you had in your last podcast .
I don’t think I’ll be able to read anything about her from now on without hearing it again!
Lori must think that we’re all as dumb as her daughters.
I wonder if the Boston location for the trial was chosen to get a prosecution friendly venue. Town vs. Gown is a real thing here. Working class Boston won’t go for these shenanigans, or they might if it was a ‘stick it to the man’ defense. But this sort of entitled cluelessness is everything they hate about all the academics and students who live here. Team Gown will be outraged at the besmirching of their honor and throw the book at Lori & hubs.
I don’t know if the term is used everywhere, but Town v. Gown is about the antagonism between a university or college, which tends to be insular and somewhat self sufficient, and the working people of the city or town that the university is in, who may have lived there their whole lives and never had a full conversation with someone from the university.
funny, I grew up in a small Ivy-League town, and the phrase “Town and Gown” in THAT town was used in a positive way…that is, Town and Gown interacted all the time. sure, there were a few instances between townies and the privileged student population, but the students realize pretty quickly that the townies DO NOT take any sh*t from them with their superior attitude, and that a LOT of the townies have a pretty good education themselves.
different, I’m sure, in a big city like Boston.
Are you going to do a post about Tuesday’s court appearance?