Prosecutors Released the Olivia Jade "Rowing Photos"
New court documents obtained by People include the rowing photos that Lori Loughlin allegedly sent to USC to help her daughters, Isabella Rose Giannulli and Olivia Jade Giannulli, gain admission. Federal prosecutors released the photos on Wednesday and they were published on the magazine's website.
The photos show Olivia Jade and her sister on indoor rowing machines, known as ERG machines, with their faces blurred out. The photos are part of a larger body of evidence that the FBI is using to claim that Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, got their daughters into college through nefarious means.
The photos also back up emails that were obtained by the FBI that Mossimo sent to Rick Singer, the man who coordinated many of the admissions that have come under scrutiny.
Singer's message read: "It would probably help to get a picture with her on an ERG in workout clothes like a real athlete too."
Mossimo responded, "Fantastic. Will get all."
Later, after Isabella had gained admission to USC, Mossimo sent a message to his financial advisor that read, "Good news my [older] daughter is in [U]SC bad [news] is I had to work the system."
According to court documents, Olivia Jade's photos were emailed on July 28, 2017, with Loughlin on cc. Olivia and Isabella never actually participated in the sport, the case claims.
Loughlin's legal team has been working to have the case dismissed on the grounds that the FBI instructed Singer to lie about Loughlin and her husband's knowledge that they were being bribed, alleging that, "the Government belatedly disclosed Singer's contemporaneous written notes revealing that those recordings were a sham carefully engineered by government agents in an effort to 'entrap' Defendants and 'nail' them 'at all costs.'"