“This isn’t a narrative. This has grow to be a complete circus. They did not do something mistaken,” a supply near the couple informed CNN.
Giannulli and Loughlin have each pleaded not responsible to expenses of conspiracy to commit fraud and conspiracy to commit cash laundering. Every of the costs is punishable by as much as 20 years in jail.
Prosecutors say Loughlin and Giannulli paid $500,000 to a faux charity to get their two daughters accepted into the College of Southern California, falsely designating them as crew crew recruits.
Defending the couple’s alleged actions, the supply stated, “They did what so many individuals of their monetary scenario do to get their children into colleges. What in regards to the folks that donate buildings to colleges? Why are they changing into the poster youngsters for issues which have been happening perpetually? They did not do something unlawful. They only needed a great schooling for his or her children, like each mother or father does.”
“There was no bribe,” the supply added. “They’re solely centered on profitable their authorized case.”
On Thursday, the College of Southern California introduced in a letter that it’ll change the admissions course of for potential student-athletes into account for the 2019-2020 educational yr.
“Each student-athlete candidate’s file will likely be reviewed on three ranges — by the pinnacle coach, the senior sports activities administrator overseeing the crew, and the USC Workplace of Athletics Compliance — earlier than being despatched to the admissions workers. The pinnacle coach will certify in writing that the coed is being recruited for athletic skills. Athletic rosters will likely be audited at the start and finish of each educational yr and cross-checked with admissions lists.”
The letter additionally addressed at the moment enrolled college students who’ve been caught up within the scandal, stating these college students have been notified of a overview course of that is underway and given a deadline to reply. “The potential outcomes vary from no discovering of violation to revocation of admission, and can rely on the info of every case,” the letter states.
The transfer comes two days after Laura Janke, the 36-year-old former assistant girls’s soccer coach at USC, who, in line with prosecutors, created faux athletic profiles for the youngsters of rich dad and mom, together with Loughlin’s daughter Olivia Jade Giannulli, agreed to plead responsible.
CNN’s Stephanie Becker contributed to this report.