Lori Loughlin ‘feels like she is a scapegoat’… but that’s not what ‘scapegoat’ means?

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As we discussed, the federal prosecutors have added additional charges for Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli, all part of the original scheme where they paid $500K to convince the USC admissions board that their daughters were master rowers or something. Apparently, if this thing goes to trial and Lori and Mossimo are convicted of everything, they could be facing decades in prison. No one really thinks they would actually be sentenced to that length of time, but any plea deal or conviction would absolutely come with serious fines and prison time. So… of course it’s time for Lori to run straight to People Magazine to complain about how the mean old feds are trying to make an “example” out of an innocent, faith-based white woman.

As Lori Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli each face an additional federal charge in the college admissions scandal, the Full House star and fashion designer are feeling escalated stress as they await their trial.

“They feel like this is David versus Goliath. How do you go up against the federal government, when the government has decided to make an example out of you? How can you possibly move forward from this?” a source close to Loughlin, 55, tells PEOPLE about the A-list couple. “This stress is about to break them,” says the source.

Since the newest charges were brought against Loughlin and Giannulli, the source says the actress is feeling a mixture of emotions: “She is angry, she is sad, but most of all, she is terrified. It just gets worse and worse for her. And you have to remember: nothing new has happened. They could have charged her with all of this last spring. But they waited. She feels like she is a scapegoat.”

Amid the ongoing scandal, the couple has put on a united front and remained focused on their marriage and daughters. But now, the new charges — and likelihood of increased prison time — have escalated tensions within the home.

“The entire family is in chaos right now. They knew this was a possibility, but they all thought that perhaps it was just a bargaining tool from the prosecution,” shares the source. Says the source, “Now that the charges are official, they are realizing that there is no way to avoid a moderately long prison sentence, unless they are found not guilty in a trial.”

[From People]

Lori and her people also ran to E! News to say the same stuff: “They were told that more charges would be coming, but now they fear the prosecution’s strategy is to keep coming up with more. They are the examples and the scapegoats in this case and they are feeling a tremendous amount of pressure… Lori and Mossimo never wanted to accept a plea that involved jail time, but they are starting to feel their backs are against the wall and that its becoming too much. They are feeling extremely stressed out.” Yeah, what’s with all of the “scapegoat” talk? You could argue that the federal prosecutors are making an EXAMPLE out of them, but “scapegoat” doesn’t apply here. A “scapegoat” is actually what Lori and Mossimo need right now: “Look, over there, it was all That Guy’s fault!” A “scapegoat” is not someone who actually did lots of federal crimes and got charged accordingly.

Actress Lori Loughlin exiting Boston court

Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin's husband Mossimo Giannulli released on bond after facing judge over college bribery scandal

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  1. Mar says:

    how fitting for this college scandal

  2. Roro says:

    A-list couple? Umm, ok…

    • Catherine says:

      This made me laugh too.

    • LaUnicaAngelina says:

      Yassss! I’m howling at A-list too! 😂

    • minx says:

      As usual, People magazine puckered up their lips and kissed an undeserving celebrity’s a**. The article makes it sounds like LL was just minding her own business and one day the cops slapped handcuffs on her. Her arrest is her fault FFS!

      • Kimberly says:

        Do people even read People? except when they’re at the doctor’s office, I have not seen a person read People in years.

        Also, I would love for her to get 40 years, not gonna happen, but her ridiculous outlook on her celebrity status is crazy, and the time would be justified…imo.

      • minx says:

        I don’t know about the print edition, I read it online. I certainly wouldn’t pay for that rag.

    • Arizona says:

      that’s all I could focus on hahahaha

  3. Sofia says:

    I hope they throw the book at her and give them the full sentence.

    She should have taken the plea deal. She would have served a week or two like Felicity and been home right before the holidays

    • DaisySharp says:

      50 years is now the full sentence. You would put her in prison for 50 years and have her die of old age there, were it within your power?

      • WTW says:

        @DaisySharp, yep, there’s no way she should be in jail for 50 years over this. We need fewer people in prison period. There are rapists and killers who are not serving this much time. I don’t want my tax dollars going to decades-long prison stays for nonviolent offenders. Loughlin isn’t a scapegoat in the sense that she actually did something wrong, but the people calling for her head have projected all sorts of their own issues onto her, in my opinion. Yes, the college system is rigged and if you worked hard to get into college, I understand why Loughlin’s crimes would be upsetting, but she’s a very small part of a much larger problem related to college inequities. Legacy admissions, the high cost of SAT prep courses, the lack of AP and advanced courses at low-income schools, a digital college application process, and the elimination of affirmative action programs in public universities in even “liberal” states like California are just some of the things that make the college admission process unfair to disadvantaged youth. But these things are going to continue happening and sending Loughlin to prison for decades won’t change that. She should be held accountable for her actions, but I don’t think locking her up for the rest of her life is justice. I really wish Americans would rethink their impulse to want to imprison even nonviolent criminals for as long as possible.

      • Valiantly Varnished says:

        I most certainly would..,

      • DaisySharp says:

        WTW, we are so on the same page. I agree with every word of your post, prison for violent offenders only! V V I am so grateful that I don’t feel the same as you.

    • naomipaige99 says:

      I’m with you on her serving her full sentence. It probably won’t happen, but she does deserve to do a good amount of time. Look at all the charges against her and her husband.

    • (TheOG)@Jan90067 says:

      It’s not just the admissions bribery, test scamming, it’s also State and Federal TAX FRAUD! Apparently, it’s not enough that they’re getting the huge tax break from Dump and the republiTHUGS, but they went through this Singer guy so they could also DEDUCT THESE BRIBES FROM THEIR TAXES! These arrogant, overly privileged &^%$ *should* be cooling their heels in jail for a few years at least!

      I don’t know about you, but with this tax “break”, I went from getting
      $2-4 THOUSAND BACK per year, to PAYING IN $12 THOUSAND in state/fed taxes! I sure as hell don’t want to be paying *their* tax bills.

      And I *still* think their entitled brats, ESPECIALLY Ms. Bird-Flipper, Olivia Jade, should be made to do at least a year’s community service. They KNOWINGLY POSED on those rowing machines, knowing full well they weren’t on Crew in HS. Let them help homeless and REAL unprivileged kids and see what the “other side” is like.

      Damn, these entitled &*^%$ tick me off! (Ok..rant over…sorry…)

      • DaisySharp says:

        They p*ss me off too, Jan! And I 100 vote for and support real change in our historic inequality. But the thirst for merciless vengence on someone who is not a danger to people out and about, terrifies me.

      • Lady D says:

        The Feds will wait until Christmas to announce charges against the daughters.

      • (TheOG)@Jan90067 says:

        Daisy, it’s not “thirst for vengeance”. It’s fairness. Period. And they ARE a danger, thought not in the sense I think you mean. They are a danger to the lives/futures of ALL the kids that don’t get into a good school. Think about it.

      • Anon33 says:

        @daisysharp I disagree. Social/white collar/whatever you want to call them crimes can just be just as damaging as violent ones, often moreso because they affect society as a whole, in a way (conspiracy/mortgage fraud collapsing the real estate economy of the entire US in 2008, just for one example) whereas violence is usually one person against another person. These people are violating the social contract and the literal fabric upon which society was built. I simply don’t think it’s prudent to allow these types of criminals to have what they will interpret as “lesser” punishments when their actions are this despicable.

  4. Jess says:

    It does kind of feel like the prosecution is toying with them and enjoying it, but they do deserve prison time. They should’ve saved their time and money and taken a plea like Felicity did, will be interesting to see how this plays out.

    • NotSoSocialButterfly says:

      Well, yeah. If I’m not mistaken, that’s what prosecutors do. They would much prefer to get the defendant to take a plea deal than to have to go to trial. The thing is, she’s such a flaming narcissist that she never would. Now she will get more time. Do I think the judge will sentence her to 50 years? Hell, no… that sentence is being used as a cudgel against her to make her fold. I do think the judge will be so irritated by her flaming narcissism and colossal sense of entitlement, that she will get years, not months. I’d guess two, maybe up to five.

      Good enough for me. Take her down several pegs.

    • TQB says:

      It’s not toying, but it is absolutely intentional. They do not want to spend $$$ to go through a trial, and they will continue to apply pressure until these freaking nitwits take the goddamned deal. The feds are doing exactly what we want them to do, for a change – efficiently punish the guilty. She won’t go to prison for 50 years, but this is how they get her to go to prison, period. and pay a shitton of fines.

  5. escondista says:

    well, dear, by not admitting that you were wrong, you have allowed yourself to become the poster-child for greed and entitlement.
    Wealth inequality is growing in this country and 99% of us are tired of the disparity in everything – including justice.

  6. DaisySharp says:

    Well, they are making an example of her. I think it’s working. To be honest if anything ever happened with me federally, I would immediately plead and accept the first deal they offered. Because of this. Now is that right? No. It basically is the federal government saying if we come for you, you plead guilty no matter what, because if you plead innocent we will put you in prison for the rest of your life. IS this a good thing? No, it is not. This is completely separate from her, and in no way arguing she should not face some punishment. This is just the facts. This is not cool, and it’s not a good thing as Martha would say.

    • (TheOG)@Jan90067 says:

      “Making an example” is far different than being a “scapegoat”.

    • naomipaige99 says:

      I don’t think they’re making an example out of her. The dumb BIOTCH was doing illegal things, and she got caught. She had the opportunity to try and make things right, but she was too arrogant, and thought she would get by/get off, as I’m guessing she’s pretty much done her whole life.

      End of story!

    • Original Jenns says:

      I feel like these comments are Eddie Izzard, Cake or Death?Please stop. When it comes to federal charges, they are only indicting a person when they have a full proof case. This is not the federal government going after innocent people or you only have a choice of guilty or life in prison. You have the choice to commit those acts knowing the consequences, and you have the choice to fight those consequences, knowing that other consequences will happen if you lose that fight. And if you actually read into the law, the sentencing is up to a guideline. It takes into account prior crimes, it takes into account a pre-sentence investigation. It uses words like up to. And a judge is allowed to depart either way from those guidelines.

    • Christina says:

      DaisySharp, so many low income people plead guilty to avoid having to fight in court because they can’t afford it. They can’t fight or negotiate for a lower sentence. Lori and Mossimo should serve a lot of time to be examples of people who break the social contract.

      The Trump administration (Mick Mulvaney) has told the American people that negotiations and quid pro quo are normal. I disagree. This is not normal and approved. Tons of wealthy people, and Republicans who are not wealthy, believe that the ends always justify the means. I disagree, and I know many, many people who also disagree. I work in government, and I’d whistle blow anybody who acts like that, and so would my colleagues. Lori and Mossimo are used to getting their way and buying/lying their way into abundance. That is why they don’t see their own actions as criminal. They are criminals. Period. Their actions hurt a lot more people than you realize.

  7. SequinedHeart says:

    I’m sick of reading about this dunce. I sincerely hope this happens so it snaps her and her creeper husband into reality. And I wish she’d stop the smiling and the “oh no, who me?” rubbish.

  8. naomipaige99 says:

    Is she really this clueless, or is it an act?
    I hope, but I’m sure she won’t get the full 50 years. She deserves to do some true time for this crime.

    If Martha Stewart paid for her crime…. this twit should as well
    Maybe ‘paid’ isn’t the right word. LOL!!!!!!

  9. Ye says:

    Im torn between thinking she is making up these phony explinations because she is really stupid or really desperate.

    • naomipaige99 says:

      She’d sell her soul to the devil to make this go away. I think aside from doing time, she’s even more concerned with her poor image being ruined.

  10. Alarmjaguar says:

    Can I just note that she has to be dressed to the nines while her husband is shlubbing around in a sweatshirt, jeans, and pirate slip-ons!?

  11. HK9 says:

    Bitch please.

  12. Christin says:

    I’m beyond any sympathy or frustration regarding these repeated public cries of victim hood on her/their behalf.

    I seriously doubt her friends are the “sources”, too. It’s her or a PR person. Why do these two not realize that showing true remorse could be what helps them at this point? Ignorance and/or arrogance does not aid their cause.

  13. GreenQueen says:

    Why would someone wear slides when one of their toes is black?? This is really bothering me.

    Anyway, these two bumps on a log are just the worst. I’m just baffled at the lack of shame on their part. Act embarrassed, cuz you should be! Take the deal ya twats! What kind of shite representation do they have??

    • Sean says:

      I was just about to say the same thing. The guy is supposedly a fashion designer and he lets himself be photographed wearing ugly flip-flops with his nasty toe fungus on display?

      • Trashaddict says:

        Maybe he’s a mess right now because he’s indulging his idiot wife’s inclination to fight the charges and he knows how stupid that is and that they are screwed. Or his lawyer thinks that if he shows up like that people will think he’s stressed and take pity haha.

  14. JanetFerber says:

    Just because they’re stressed, doesn’t mean they are scapegoats. Just as asshole trump is not a scapegoat if he feels stress over his impending impeachment. WTF? If you’re stressing over the imminent consequences of your illegal actions, that’s just normal. You should feel stress over that. No one pities you. Self-pity does not make you the victim. You are the perpetrator. Remember that.

  15. JanetFerber says:

    Martha Stewart is a boss. I liked her better after jail time. She hangs with Snoop Dogg. This is all to the good.

  16. Lurkmode says:

    If poor black women can get prison sentences for using a different address to get their children into a better school, this dummy & her husband can get that prison sentence, too.

    • naomipaige99 says:


    • Valiantly Varnished says:

      My thoughts EXACTLY. I have ZERO sympathy for them and I hope they get full sentences.

    • Hoot says:

      @Lurkmode – I have never understood the unfairness of a parent serving time for violating zoning rules in their school district. Utter nonsense! Whatever happened to getting caught, being told, “No, your kid can’t attend/play sports at this school because you worked the system,” then slinking back to your own district? The public humiliation is enough to bear. To add jail time to that is just plain ludicrous and an unnecessary waste of tax dollars. Who puts these idiots in charge of school districts? (Because aren’t they the ones who’d press charges?)

    • Christina says:

      Amen, Lurkmode.

    • Trashaddict says:


  17. Jay (the Canadian one) says:

    She absurdly believes herself innocent so I could see her thinking she’s a scapegoat.

  18. Laidbackmoneyonmymind says:

    Holy shit wtf I see another crime right here! Why is a middle age man wearing sandals with death heads? First off mf sandals are not shoes!!!!! And he should be incarcerated for just wearing this outfit! Jeez and he’s a designer? I call bullshit on their whole family! Are we sure Lori is really an actress? Wait I just answered that yeah they all are liars.

  19. Sorella says:

    She won’t get 50 years, but I’m hoping she at least gets 5 or so – she has shown no remorse and is still up her own a** of entitlement and you do the crime, you do some time I say. I wonder if they are going to charge the daughters as the next move?! Can’t wait to see how all this plays out!!

    • Trashaddict says:

      I wish like hell they would charge the daughters, they are absolutely old enough to know what they were doing is wrong and they should be taking heat for that. Especially since one of them advertised her opinion that classes were a waste of time. Let’s leave the college spots to students who actually want to learn something, m’K?

  20. Lou says:

    A-List couple 😂😂😂😂😂

  21. Q T Hush says:

    With a bit of luck Mossimo will be designing orange attire for his family and the “first” family in the White House. LL believes her life is going to have a hallmark movie ending. Might be true, after she gets out of the slammer. Couldn’t happen to a more privileged, entitled, greedy, wannabe A lister couple. Buh-bye Becky.

  22. EveV says:

    So.. Lori and Mo both knew that these additional charges were a definite possibility but they still decided to turn down the plea deal(s) they were offered and now want to complain when the additional charges were filed ?! They sound so incredibly entitled and arrogant, it makes me so mad. I truly hope they receive years in prison, along with hefty fined and community service. And the daughters absolutely need to be charged. They knew what was going on and went along with it.