“Full House” actress Lori Loughlin is more confident than ever that she did “nothing illegal” in the college admissions scandal and that her case could be dropped, according to a report Wednesday.
As her trial date approaches, the 55-year-old celebrity is demanding that charges against her be dismissed because, her lawyers claim, the feds pressured the mastermind behind the scheme, Rick Singer, to lie to her during recorded conversations, according to Us Weekly.
“Lori’s lawyers feel they have a very strong chance of having the charges dismissed because prosecutors withheld key evidence that [ringleader] Rick Singer was pressured by the FBI to lie in the course of his conversations with Lori,” an unnamed insider told the outlet.
“It was entrapment, misleading a defendant so that Rick could get a favorable sentence for his role. Rick was the mastermind in all of this.”
Loughlin and her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli — accused last year of paying $500,000 to get their two daughters into the University of Southern California as fake crew recruits — are now “more steadfast than ever that they did nothing illegal,” the source said.
Loughlin’s lawyers believe Singer could actually become a witness for her on the stand, according to the outlet.
“Lori’s team is asking that the charges be dismissed entirely or for the recorded telephone conversations to be suppressed, meaning, the jury can’t hear it,” the source told Us Weekly.
“If the judge doesn’t dismiss or suppress the phone conversations, Lori’s lawyers will grill Rick Singer on the stand. Singer could actually become a witness for the defense even though he has been cooperating with the feds.”
While Loughlin wants the case tossed, she is prepared for the trial, which is scheduled for October, the outlet reported.
“Prosecutors are compelled to call Singer to the stand, and if they don’t, Lori’s team will,” the source said. “Expect the FBI agents that also worked the case that Rick mentions will also be subjected to increased scrutiny by Lori’s defense team.”
The couple was were among dozens of wealthy and well-connected parents charged in March 2019 with paying bribes to Singer to get their kids into some of the best schools in the country.
They have plead not guilty to charges including fraud and money laundering.
Their daughters, Olivia Jade Giannulli and Isabella Rose Giannulli, no longer attend USC.
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