Celebrities and others involved in the college admissions bribery scandal, including actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, have been hit with a $500 billion lawsuit in connection with the case. The civil suit is in addition to the criminal charges they already face for their alleged roles in the bribery scandal.
“Jennifer Kay Toy filed a complaint on Wednesday in the Superior Court of California, County of San Francisco, against all the defendants in the college admissions bribery scandal, including Huffman, Loughlin, her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, businessman Gregory Abbot, private equity investor Bill McGlashan, and many others,” ET Online reports.
“Toy, a former school teacher from Oakland, California, claimed in her lawsuit that her son, Joshua Toy, was rejected from some of the same colleges that were involved in the bribery scandal, despite his work ethic and 4.2 GPA, and she believes he wouldn’t have been if the admissions process wasn’t manipulated,” the report adds.
ET quotes Toy stating in the lawsuit: “Because of Joshua’s hard work and study he graduated with a 4.2 grade point average. I couldn’t be more proud. Joshua applied to some of the colleges where the cheating took place and did not get in. Joshua and I believed that he’d had a fair chance just like all other applicants, but did not make the cut for some undisclosed reason.”
The document adds: “I’m now aware of the massive cheating scandal wherein wealthy people conspired with people in positions of power and authority at colleges in order to allow their children to gain access to the very colleges that Joshua was rejected from. Plaintiffs simply wanted a fair chance for themselves or their children to go to a good college, and that opportunity for a fair chance was stolen by the actions of the Defendants… who feel that, because they are wealthy, they are allowed to lie, cheat and steal from others.”
The report notes that Toy’s lawsuit is considered a class-action complaint. The court papers say they’re filed “on behalf of all persons in the United States … whose rights to a fair chance at entrance to college was stolen by the actions of Defendants.”