Actress Lori Loughlin, who’s in trouble over allegedly paying a bribe to get her daughters into USC, apparently thought what she did was along the lines of making a donation for construction of a library.
People magazine quotes a legal source saying of the 55-year-old “Fuller House” star: “Lori is remorseful, and she has definite regrets.”
The source adds: “She’s embarrassed and hurt, and she knows that her reputation has been ruined for life. But she also believes the allegations against her aren’t true.”
“She honestly didn’t think what she was doing was any different than donating money for a library or athletic field,” the source adds. “That’s the crux of why she pleaded not guilty.”
Loughlin and her fashion-designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, 56, are accused of paying $500,000 to William “Rick” Singer to help get daughters Olivia Jade and Isabella Rose into the university. Singer has pleaded guilty to charges of racketeering conspiracy, money laundering conspiracy, conspiracy to defraud the U.S. and obstruction of justice.
Loughlin and Giannulli pleaded not guilty in April to charges of wire fraud and money laundering conspiracy, and are scheduled to appear in court Aug. 27.