Photos of actress Lori Loughlin’s daughters posing on rowers have been released by federal prosecutors who say the images were part of a plan to bring girls into the University of Southern California as members crew, even if none of the girls was a rower.
The two images published in court documents appear to show Olivia Jade Giannulli and her sister, Isabella Rose Giannulli, in training clothes posing on ERG machines. No names are attached to the photos and the girls’ faces are blurred. The girls have not been charged with any crime.
Loughlin and her fashion designer husband Mossimo Giannulli, among dozens of parents accused in the massive college admissions scandal, are accused of paying $ 500,000 to get their daughters into the USC.
Loughlin and Giannulli pleaded not guilty of fraud, corruption and money laundering conspiracy.
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Prosecutors released the photos as evidence in their argument against a defendant’s motion in this sprawling criminal case asking the court to dismiss the charges.
According to court documents, in a 2016 email, William “Rick” Singer, the mastermind behind the scandal, told Loughlin and Giannulli that he was creating a coxswain portfolio for one of their daughters and needed information. additional.
“I need a PDF of her transcript and test results very soon while I create a coxswain portfolio for her. It would probably help get a photo with her on an ERG in training clothes like a real athlete, “wrote Singer.
Giannulli responded by sending a photo of Isabella Rose on the rower. After being accepted into school, Giannulli sent an email to an unidentified person, writing: “Good news, my daughter is in South Carolina … woe, I had to work on the system,” say the court documents.
In an email exchange submitted by prosecutors in 2017, former USC football coach Laura Janke told Singer that she needed more information to be able to create a resume and “Add a rowing club” to the athletic profile. The email was forwarded to Giannulli, who responded with a photo of Olivia Jade on a rowing machine.
Court documents show that Loughlin was copied from the email sent by Giannulli.
Janke pleaded guilty in May to allegations that she created bogus sports profiles for the children of wealthy parents involved in the college admissions scandal.
Loughlin, best known for her role in “Full House”, and Giannulli, as well as other accused parents, seek to dismiss the charges on the argument that government agents intimidated an informer, Singer, by lying and concealing evidence that would strengthen parents. allegations of innocence.
But prosecutors say in their files that the complaint is “baseless.” They argue that failing to produce notes that Singer had written for his lawyer after being approached for the first time by government officials was simply a mistake.
NBC News contacted a lawyer for Loughlin and Giannulli on Friday, but did not immediately respond.