Lori Loughlin is “very concerned” about how a guilty plea in the college admissions scandal would affect her daughters’ reputations–and their feelings about their mom, according to a new report.
The public perception of Loughlin’s alleged scam is “nothing compared to what her daughters think of her. So that is something that has understandably made her less likely to enter a plea,” an unnamed source told People.
Loughlin and her designer husband Mossimo Giannulli are charged with paying $500,000 to get their daughters into the University of Southern California as fake recruits for the crew team. They were indicted this week in a federal Massachusetts court on conspiracy to commit money laundering and conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud.
Youngest daughter Olivia Jade Giannulli, a popular YouTube vlogger, is reportedly “barely speaking” to her parents in the wake of the scandal, according to previous reports.
She has been staying with friends in Los Angeles instead of her parents’ Bel Air mansion, the accounts say.
Loughlin is hesitant to take any plea deal that would result in prison time and has struggled to grasp the seriousness of the charges, according to the People source.
“It’s just taking some time for it to sink in that what she was allegedly doing could be considered illegal,” the source said. “To her, it wasn’t egregious behavior. Was it entitled and perhaps selfish? Perhaps. But she didn’t see it as being a legal violation.”
Loughlin “felt that she hadn’t done anything that any mom wouldn’t have done, if they had the means to do so,” the People source said. “So this wasn’t her being obstinate; this was her truly not understanding the seriousness of the allegations.”