College admissions scandal: Lori Loughlin's daughter Olivia Jade is a prominent influencer

Deanna Kelley
March 15, 2019

Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli accused of paying a U.S. $500,000 bribe to have their two daughters - the youngest being YouTube star and social media influencer Olivia Jade Giannulli- labelled as rowers to get into the University of Southern California.

Loughlin, who has been a longtime star of the Hallmark Channel, was dropped by the family-friendly network on Thursday afternoon.

While Olivia - who has run a successful YouTube channel for years and even had a deal with Sephora before the beauty retailer cut ties with her on Thursday - is "all about her fashion and her YouTube channel", ET's source says it may be harder for Bella to leave USC. Olivia Jade Giannulli, 19, has 1.9 million YouTube followers and 1.3 million Instagram followers, and regularly posts about life in university, as well as sponsored content and make-up tutorials.

Lori Loughlin, 54, was arrested this morning when she returned to California from Vancouver, where she is filming a TV movie.

An attorney representing her parents didn't immediately reply to a request for comment.

"I wanted to thank you again for 91 your great work with [our older daughter], she is very excited and both Lori and I are very appreciative of your efforts and end result!"

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Singer and eight colleges were named as defendants in the lawsuit, which seeks unspecified damages including refunds of application fees paid to the schools over seven years by unsuccessful applicants.

They were arrested and released earlier this week after posting a $1 million secured bond. Loughlin had been in more than a dozen films for the network.

She added: "I'm really disappointed in myself".

Loughlin has not responded publicly to the allegations or entered a plea in the case, and didn't speak in court Wednesday except to give one-word answers to the judge's questions. So did her empire, despite Stewart's efforts to separate her personal actions from it: "Wrong - you're the brand", he said.

The celebs involved in the scam have copped a brutal roasting online from (former) fans and their Hollywood comrades while they await sentencing for bribing and forging documents to get their kids into primo colleges. ET has reached out to Loughlin's rep for comment. "I think they did fine, ' Olivia said on the Zach Sang Show, before joking that her parents were 'hypocrites". According to multiple reports, the actress landed at LAX on Tuesday during her husband's court hearing. Georgetown University, University of California Los Angeles, University of Texas, Yale University, Stanford University, Wake Forest, University of Southern California and the University of San Diego were named by NBC.

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