People Mag: Lori Loughlin ‘believes she was duped by unscrupulous people’

Lindsay Lohan all smiles leaving the Mercer Hotel

Another week, another People Magazine cover featuring Lori Loughlin. To be fair, I think People Mag’s editors are making the right call – they’re making their coverage sympathetic enough to ensure that Lori (or “sources close to Lori”) will continue talking to them. Lori NEEDS People Mag’s readers to find her sympathetic, and she continues to talk herself into even more federal charges and she continues to show her ass constantly when she’s playing her stupid little PR games. So now that federal prosecutors have added additional charges and Lori and Mossimo are facing something like 50 years in prison, Lori wants everyone to know that she was simply trying to do the best for her daughters and SHE WAS DUPED! She was a patsy!

Since the day Lori Loughlin and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, were indicted in the massive college admissions scandal, the couple has been doing their best to keep their lives as normal as possible. But as they await their next court date, which is set for Jan. 17, what was supposed to be a quiet lull in the legal storm quickly turned to panic on Oct. 22, when the prosecution surprised them with a third federal charge.

“The entire family is in chaos right now,” a Loughlin source tells PEOPLE. “They knew this was a possibility, but they thought perhaps it was just a bargaining tool from the prosecution. 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.”

“They feel like this is David versus Goliath,” says the source. “How do you go up against the federal government when the government has decided to make an example out of you? This stress is about to break them.”

Still, Loughlin is adamant that the allegations against her aren’t true.

“Does she regret not taking the deal? Of course she does, because it would have been easier,” says the source. “But taking the deal would have admitted guilt, and she believes she was duped by unscrupulous people who enriched themselves off of her. It is her position that she was not some sort of criminal mastermind.” The source adds, “She just wanted what was best for her daughters. And it has turned into an ongoing nightmare.”

[From People]

“She believes she was duped by unscrupulous people who enriched themselves off of her.” OMG. I’m laughing so hard. Lori was an innocent faith-based white woman, a humble SCAPEGOAT with innocent scruples and these terrible unscrupulous people FORCED her to bribe a bunch of people, lie about her daughters being on crew, falsify college admissions, set up a fake photoshoot and more. It’s all their fault for taking the bribes and helping her lie! She was DUPED. “It is her position that she was not some sort of criminal mastermind.” Clearly.

Lori Loughlin  at the Hallmark TCA Press....

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  1. Originaltessa says:

    Perhaps she was duped. Sure, let’s go with that. Doesn’t matter! It’s not other people’s jobs to make sure YOU know the law. That’s on you, Laurie. And if you were ever in doubt, you should have had a lawyer involved. But somehow I think you knew… Of course you did.

    • Col says:

      Yep. It’s not hard to get a second opinion, especially with their funds. And they did it twice, with a whole other year to consider their actions. What they did more specifically effects another student than the people who applied generally, taking a spot from someone who worked hard to get on the crew team. They have never acknowledged the spot they took from another student, It’s only about her girls.

    • Enny says:

      Yep. Ignorance of the law is not a defense recognized by any American court. Nice try though, sweetheart.

    • hogtowngooner says:

      Exactly. Okay, let’s say for arguments’ sake that she really didn’t intend to break the law. Doesn’t mean she’s not still responsible.

  2. AnnaKist says:

    Oh, brother. It’s someone else’s fault. Of course it is.

  3. Mia4s says:

    Didn’t they take fake rowing photos? Did someone “dupe” her into holding a camera. Good lord this is pure comedy.

    Still wondering if they keep up a united front or one of them tries to throw the other under the bus.

    • JennyJenny says:

      That’s the funniest part. And I see it as the smoking gun.
      You lied and cheated. And did PHOTO documentation!

      Don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time!

      • Liz version 700 says:

        Right! She was literally the CSI who provided the photographic evidence of their crimes.

  4. ariel says:

    I would very much like her to do a year in prison. With no early release.
    She is just an awful person. Unable to accept any responsibility.
    And she raised two daughters to be just like her.
    Thanks for putting more entitled assholes into the world aunt becky!

  5. SJR says:

    Geez, her level of entitlement is huge.
    Take responsibility for your actions.
    You committed a crime, got caught, guess what? You are gonna have to face the music.
    Her BS on this..I do hope she does jail time. And a huge fine, huge.
    Hit her in her bank account, maybe then she will pay attention.

  6. Rapunzel says:

    “I was duped by unscrupulous people” is not a defense that’s gonna fly in a court of law, as it’s two wrongs make a right logical fallacy.

    Also: Is Mosimo one of those unscrupulous people? Is she throwing him under the bus?

    • Erinn says:

      I found it extra funny because she is also an unscrupulous person who duped the Universities – she doesn’t even see the ridiculousness of the statement.

  7. Lexilla says:

    If People Mag’s goal is to keep her people talking, that’s about currying favor with someone who doesn’t deserve it for the sake of sales, not about journalistic integrity. Their goal should be fair coverage, not stories that play into the perpetuation of rich white woman privilege. People Mag is influential. This is just straight up irresponsible.

  8. susiecue says:

    OH, the SCRUPALITY!!!

  9. Sarah says:

    Thank you for sharing this! I come here during my lunch break (in the UK) and start with the stories that make my blood boil (latest nastiness to the Sussexes, Trump, etc.) and save the fun stuff for last. This did not disappoint. Who is advising them on this???

  10. naomipaige99 says:

    She’s totally cancelled in my eyes. The arrogance of this woman. it’s really quite frightening!

  11. Chelle says:

    It’s like a thief saying about another thief “damn, I can’t believe he stole from me.” They can also skip me with the government crushing the people whine. I bet that neither she nor her husband felt that way when Trump et al ushered in tax cuts for the wealthy. I bet they championed Goliath then. Probably bought MAGA hats to celebrate.

    Aunt Becky needs to stop trying to trade on the characterizations she’s acted out on the hallmark channel.

  12. stormsmama says:

    Lol at it would’ve been “easier” to take the plea.
    Clearly, no Becky, not for you. Because it required humility, honesty, and admission of guilt.
    You are so high on your own farts you thought THE FEDS WERE BLUFFING?! LOL
    She is realizing now she is definitely going to jail. Her lawyer should advise them to beg for a plea at this point. 18 months in jail and a huge fine. No time off for good behavior. That would be a fantastic deal for her but i doubt she knows how to wn her actions given the sources quotes to People.

  13. Christin says:

    Now we are at the stage where a close-up cover photo of her wrinkles and undereye dark spots are needed.

    I’m waiting for her to try the defense of not understanding how one gets into college, because she was a child model-performer who probably did not go to university. I could see her doing this for sympathy, even though her husband did enroll in college (though he allegedly too his parents’ funding and skipped school).

  14. Lightpurple says:

    Dear Unscrupulous Person;

    Yes, you were duped by an unscrupulous person. You duped yourself in believing that you had the right to do this, that you wouldn’t get caught, and that if you did get caught, you would be able to get away with it. You are the unscrupulous person and now you are going where unscrupulous persons go, to prison.

    Have a great time!

    • windyriver says:

      Am curious – will the judge currently sentencing the people that pleaded also be the judge for the cases who want to go to trial?

      A man who did the same thing as LL for his son took the plea, but submitted a report from a consultant that his lousy childhood made him an easy target for manipulation, hence his participation in the scam. Didn’t get far with that. So LL isn’t alone in trying to work the angles, though at least he pleaded guilty, so (sort of) accepted responsibility.

      I wonder what her legal team feels about all this poor me PR.

      Interestingly, someone who did what FH did, paid $15K to alter test scores, got a fine and community service, but no jail time. That’s supposedly because he paid cash, but unlike others didn’t pretend he was donating to a charity, or that it was a tax write off.

      • holly hobby says:

        In federal court, yes the same judge hears all the cases related to the same crime. It’s more expedient as opposed to doling it out through several judges and they all have to decide on the same factors.

    • What. . .now? says:

      This pretty much nails it! 👏👏👏😂

  15. Who ARE These People? says:

    The time to discuss this would have been the time when prosecutors offered her a plea deal.

  16. minx says:

    Oh STFU Aunt Becky!

  17. S808 says:

    I’m still stuck on the utter stupidity of not taking the plea deal. Felicity is already back home and Lori is looking at upwards to 50 years in prison (we all know she won’t get 50 years but I’m certain it’ll be longer than 10 days).

  18. HK9 says:

    So now the defense is that she’s stupid?? Ridiculousness

  19. bobafelty says:

    The old “I’m too dumb to have committed the crime” defense. yikes.

  20. NotSoSocialButterfly says:

    And with this cover, she continues her ascent toward the top of the “Most Punchable Faces” list.

  21. Ye says:

    The bad people made her, the good one, do the bad things? May be more believable if it wasnt so OBVIOUSLY illegal and WRONG.

  22. Texas says:

    Not a fan. Own up to what you did. There is no excuse.

  23. Charfromdarock says:

    I was surprised and found it strange that the drama station here in Canada is playing her mystery movies all week.

    • deezee says:

      Well really, she is innocent until found guilty so technically there is no reason not to play them.

      Secondly, is it such a big deal in Canada? I mean our system is different enough that what she did isn’t as possible here but if she tried to pull something similar to get one of her kids into Queens or UofT, what would have happened? A fine, expulsion of the kids? Probably nothing more than that.

  24. N says:

    She doesn’t even know what the word means! This whole lot of asswipes are scum.

  25. LouLou says:

    She reminds me of people who call 911 after someone steals their drugs.

  26. Valerie says:

    Perpetual victim.

  27. JanetFerber says:

    Don’t forget her husband in all of this, as they did with Felicity’s husband. All four did this as husband/wife teams.

    • Originaltessa says:

      I do wonder if Felicity fell on the sword to save WHM’s career. Not that two weeks in prison would have hurt him that much. He’s a very specific kind of character actor, and if someone wanted him for a project I don’t see this scandal stopping any of that. I guess they thought otherwise. Or, he just wasn’t involved enough to bring charges.

  28. Jananell says:

    I can’t wait for sentencing. They are in for a shock. Her attitude vs Huffman’s shows her ignorance. Sweet Felicity is already done. Dumb.dumb.dumb

  29. GossipLover says:

    Realistically speaking, if she is found guilty of all of these charges, how much time do you think she would actually do? Just curious!

  30. paddingtonjr says:

    This woman and her family are thieves pure and simple. As an aunt of three nieces who each won athletic and academic scholarships to college, I have watched them give up dances, family vacations and holidays for training camps and tournaments. My brother and SIL have sacrificed to support and nurture their daughters’ talents. And they’re lucky because they can afford it; many of my nieces’ teammates really have to scrimp and make hard choices, with the girls having to add part-time jobs and/or finding sponsors on top of practices, traveling, and keeping their grades up all in the hopes that they MIGHT be good enough to qualify for a scholarship they need to afford any college and maybe, possibly a chance at the Olympics or the pros. This is the reality for many college athletes: sports are what allow them to continue their educations and they have worked hard and their families have spent a lot of money and time to help them qualify for those scholarships.

    Lori not only has the means to pay for her daughters’ educations, she has the means to get them any private coaching, classes, etc. to nurture any talents they might have. She even had the means to donate a building or scholarship to give them an advantage (and it would have cost less with the same or better tax benefits). But no, she and her husband CHOSE to falsify their daughters’ applications, lie to get them into USC (seriously, didn’t even try for Stanford??), falsely claim a tax exemption and then cry “unfair!!!” when caught. I know she won’t do this because she’s getting more publicity than she’s had in a while, but she really needs to apologize to those crew applicants denied because of her daughters and go away until her trial in January. As we look towards the holidays and helping those in need, we don’t need to see her “woe is me” fake face on the covers of magazines.

  31. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    Yeah, when I appeared for a traffic violation some 15 or more years ago, I explained how that officer was stalking me with a faulty scanner and was simply trying to bolster his career by getting me into trouble. I was simply minding my own business trying to get my child to school, and he interfered with this very important procedure and is guilty of impeding the education of my son. Who cares if I was running late and rolled through a stop sign. It’s just a stop sign!

  32. Mel says:

    So, you really didn’t know you shouldn’t pay someone to take your daughters test, take pictures of her pretending to be active in a sport she’s never played and lie about her grades? That’s your story?????!!!!!

    • holly hobby says:

      Don’t forget she sent an email to that company asking them to fill out her daughter’s college application. Yeah sure honey you did that under duress.

  33. The Recluse says:

    Wow. The self-delusion pity party is virulent with this woman. Ugh. I hope they throw the book at her and her husband.

  34. holly hobby says:

    Hahahahaha. Ok that’s all I got. Honey, if you want this all to go away, you have to sell all your fortune and give one of your daughters (OJ) to the mango diaper in the WH. I’m sure he will pardon you.

  35. Bread and Circuses says:

    When she finally gets sentenced, are the months and months of publicly squawking about how she shouldn’t have to face the consequences of her actions likely to be counted against her?

    Felicity Huffman made a pretty contrite public apology for her actions. Whether or not you believe she meant it, she went through the right motions.

    Lori Loughlin has been, to my mind, acting the exact opposite of what a judge wants to see when they’re deciding whether to be lenient. There’s no indication she feels any remorse about her actions, only about the fact she got caught.

    • EveV says:

      Oh she definitely doesn’t feel any remorse because as she has said over and over again, she didn’t do anything wrong, she was only trying to be the best mommy ever and help her daughters! I’m stuck between LMAO at these weekly articles and being utterly disgusted by them. It absolutely boggles my mind that Becky thinks this is the best way to go about this and this is the best defense for her to go with.