Lori Loughlin still hasn't gone to trial for her part in the college admissions cheating scandal, but one tabloid alleges the actress is faking a deadly illness to avoid prison time. Gossip Cop has investigated the claim and can we debunk it. The Full House star is not pretending to be gravely sick.

Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli face up to 40 years in prison if they are convicted of the charges they face relating to an alleged $500,000 bribe to ensure their daughter was admitted into the University of Southern California. For the tabloids, this scandal has been a boon as one story after the next gets invented by various outlets. The last phony report comes from the National Enquirer. The publication is claiming Loughlin is faking an illness to avoid possible prison time.

In the story, the tabloid quotes a supposed source as saying, "She's talking about constant headaches and stomach cramps, which she's saying are the result of internal bleeding and organ failure." The so-called "source" goes on say, "She hasn't had these claims substantiated by a doctor, so insiders are whispering she's likely dreaming them up, imaging something that's not there." The tabloid adds that "other sources" are saying the descriptions are "a ploy to get sympathy to avoid a stiff sentence." Understandably, Loughlin and Giannulli are very concerned about their upcoming trial, but there's no truth to the idea the actress is faking an illness to get a lighter sentence.

For starters, there is no sentence right now, as the case has still not gone to trial. Also, Loughlin and Giannulli likely believe they have a chance to fight the charges successfully, or they probably would have taken a plea like others charged in the scandal. For instance, Desperate Housewives star Felicity Huffman pleaded guilty and spent 12 days in prison in October for her part in the scandal. Loughlin has continued to maintain her innocence. The magazine also isn't clear about who Loughlin is telling about these supposed symptoms. If it's friends, who have no say in her legal proceedings, what difference would it make? The whole report reeks of fabrication. In fact, Gossip Cop asked a friend of Loughlin's about it, who told us on the condition of anonymity that the whole story was "total nonsense."

It's not a surprise the Enquirer would be wrong about the Full House actress. In October, the tabloid claimed Loughlin was planning to turn her prison experience into a book and a movie to earn millions. There was no truth to that article either. Like this one, the publication assumes Loughlin is guilty and preparing for prison. She's pleaded not guilty to every charge against her and her trial hasn't started yet.

The Enquirer has taken shots at the actress's family as well. In August, the outlet alleged Loughlin's daughters had abandoned her. Her daughters, Olivia Jade and Isabella, haven't "abandoned" their mother, with multiple outlets reporting that they are standing firmly by Loughlin in this difficult time. The gossip media keeps coming up with outrageous scenarios to exploit the actress's legal troubles, and this latest one is no different.

Our Verdict

Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.


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