Lori Loughlin's Lawyer Says New Evidence Could Help Prove Her Innocence
Lori Loughlin's legal team is claiming to have new evidence that could exonerate the actress and her husband, Mossimo Giannuli, in the college admissions scandal.
CNN reports that attorneys for the couple filed a motion to postpone setting a trial date for them, in light of newly released evidence, which they say could help clear Loughlin and Giannulli. Lawyers say notes from Rick Singer, alleged mastermind of the scam, show investigators sought to pressure him to lie.
"Singer's notes indicate that FBI agents yelled at him and instructed him to lie by saying that he told his clients who participated in the alleged 'side door' scheme that their payments were bribes, rather than legitimate donations that went to the schools," attorney Sean M. Berkowitz wrote in the filing.
Loughlin and Giannulli have been accused of paying $500,000 to Singer to help fake athletic credentials to get their daughters into college at the University of Southern California. Loughlin has previously pleaded not guilty to her charges in the scandal, and has maintained her innocence, insisting she was tricked by Singer.
"She was convinced that she was making a donation, just like parents have been doing for years," a source close to the actress told People.
Earlier this month, a résumé circulated online, outlining what appeared to be credentials for the couple's daughter, Olivia Jade Giannulli, though sources close to the couple told People they had nothing to do with it.
"They didn't have anything to do with it," the source said. The handwritten part isn't in any of their writing. They don’t even know enough about crew to know what awards are prestigious or not. They are not capable of falsifying a resume like that, because that’s not their world."