Has Felicity Huffman been taunting Lori Loughlin for not taking her advice and accepting a plea deal for her role in the college admissions cheating scandal? That’s the bogus claim in one of this week’s tabloids. Gossip Cop can debunk the story.
“Freed Felicity To Lori: Ya Shoulda Listened To Me!” reads a headline in the latest issue of the National Enquirer. Huffman was released from prison last week after serving 11 days of a 14-day sentence for pleading guilty to paying $15,000 to have her daughter’s SAT scores boosted. Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, are facing more serious charges for allegedly paying $500,000 to have their daughters admitted into the University of Southern California, but both pleaded not guilty and face up to 40 years behind bars if convicted.
“Felicity is full of herself for pleading guilty and boasting she got a wrist slap,” a supposed source tells the outlet. The magazine goes on to say the Desperate Housewives star is telling pals she warned Loughlin to take a plea deal when news of the scandal broke in May, and is “tauntingly” saying that if Loughlin took her advice, “she would be free now, too.”
“Lori is petrified Felicity’s easy ride will make her situation even worse,” adds the alleged insider. “And Felicity’s ‘I dodged a bullet’ attitude hasn’t made her feel any better. Felicity is offering a big ‘I told you so’ attitude when anybody bring up Lori’s dire situation. She just says Lori should have listened to her advice from the beginning.”
From there, the suspicious tipster says Loughlin “wants out now before she goes to trial” and is considering getting her own lawyer – separate from her husband – so she can testify against him and lessen her own sentence. Before we get into the Huffman aspect of the story, Gossip Cop should note that this notion is totally false. Last month, Loughlin and Giannulli were hit with additional bribery charges in addition to the fraud and money laundering charges against them. On Friday, both Loughlin and her husband pleaded not guilty to the new charge. It’s quite clear the Full House star is still maintaining her innocence and has no intention of turning against her husband either.
As for Huffman, Gossip Cop checked with a source close to the actress, who dismisses the tabloid’s report as nonsense. The actress never tried to advise the Full House star on how to handle her legal case. It’s also worth noting, People magazine recently reported that Loughlin reached out to Huffman before she went to jail this month, and hopes to “debrief Felicity after jail to find out what it was like and what her advice would be.” Loughlin appears to be the one seeking counsel with Huffman, but she’s doing so after the fact, and the two never discussed plea deals back in May.
The Enquirer has a habit of creating fiction out of the college admissions cheating scandal. Earlier this month, Gossip Cop busted the outlet for falsely claiming Loughlin was turning her prison experience into a book and a movie so she could make millions. Earlier this year, we called out the publication for alleging Huffman’s husband, William H. Macy, was divorcing her for pleading guilty. This latest article involving both actresses is equally baseless.
Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.