Lori Loughlin will not be spending Christmas in prison, despite a bogus tabloid report. The story is totally inaccurate. Gossip Cop can correct it.
According to an article in In Touch, Loughlin is thinking about pleading guilty to the fraud charges that she and her husband face in connection with the college admissions cheating scandal. Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, face up to 45 years in prison if convicted of the pending charges against them. The couple is accused of paying $500,000 in bribes to ensure their daughters were admitted into the University of Southern California, with a trial scheduled for next year.
According to the publication, Loughlin is considering amending her plea from not guilty to guilty in order to get a lesser sentence. She’s worried, however, that it means she’ll spend the holidays behind bars. The outlet quotes a supposed source as saying, “Lori is terrified of spending Christmas inside a cell. She will be all alone. She doesn’t want to be separated from her family, especially this time of year.”
The alleged insider goes on to reference Felicity Huffman, saying Loughlin “wishes she’d taken a deal in the beginning” like the Desperate Housewives star, who pleaded guilty earlier for her part in the same scandal and was sentenced to 14 days in jail. She served 11 and was released on October 25. “This all could have been behind Lori already,” adds the questionable tipster, who doesn’t seem to realize that Huffman and Loughlin faced much different charges, with Loughlin’s being more severe.
It’s actually convenient that the phony report mentions Huffman’s plea deal. On May 13, Huffman entered her guilty plea. Four months later, on September 13, the actress was sentenced. She reported for jail one month after that. Using a similar timeline, if Loughlin changed her plea tomorrow, it would still be three or four months before she would be reporting for jail. She would be more likely to spend Easter in prison than Christmas. Regardless, there’s no indication she or Giannulli plan to change their plea. They even pleaded not guilty to the additional charges added on last month. Finally, Gossip Cop checked with our source close to the actress, who confirms the story is untrue.
This is hardly the first time a tabloid has been wrong when reporting on Loughlin and Giannulli. In fact, just two weeks ago, Gossip Cop put together a collection of all the times we’ve debunked tabloids for publishing deceitful stories about Loughlin’s possible prison time. Unsurprisingly, even though the gossip media has consistently been wrong, the publications keep putting out faulty articles. Just last week, Gossip Cop corrected the National Enquirer when it alleged Loughlin was faking an illness to avoid prison. It’s reasonable to believe Loughlin is worried, but she’s doesn’t appear to be changing her plea, and she will spend Christmas at home with her family.
Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.