Actress Lori Loughlin, one of three Hollywood figures charged with paying bribes to get their children into elite colleges, appeared in court Wednesday and was released on a $1 million bail.
She will be able to travel within the continental U.S. and British Columbia, a judge said. Loughlin is currently filming a project in Vancouver and has projects planned through the summer, according to her lawyer Marc S. Harris, who appeared in court with her. The actress was ordered to surrender her passport in December 2019, unless further ordered by the court.
Loughlin appeared in court wearing a white turtleneck and glasses. Before the hearing began, she sat motionless, staring forward, while waiting to be called by Judge Steve Kim. Once called, she affirmed that she understood her rights. “Yes,” she answered firmly.
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But by the end of the roughly five-minute court appearance, Loughlin’s voice had weakened perceptibly. When asked if she understood that she’s not to talk to other defendants in the case, excluding her family, she gave a quiet, shaky “yes.”
Earlier Wednesday, the former “Aunt Becky” from TV’s “Full House” turned herself in at the courthouse and was arrested, according Thom Mrozek, spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office Central District in Los Angeles. He said Loughlin had been out of the country and returned to L.A. late Tuesday.
Loughlin was supposed to be arrested Tuesday along with 38 other wealthy, prominent parents around the country, including “Desperate Housewives” star Felicity Huffman and Loughlin’s fashion-designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, whose Mossimo label has starred at Target for years.