Lori Loughlin, Husband Enter Not Guilty Pleas

They filed court documents in Boston Monday
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 15, 2019 10:33 AM CDT
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In this April 3 photo, actress Lori Loughlin, front, and husband, clothing designer Mossimo Giannulli, left, depart federal court in Boston after facing charges in a nationwide college admissions bribery scandal.   (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

(Newser) – Actress Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband Mossimo Giannulli are pleading not guilty in the college admissions bribery scam. The AP reports Loughlin and Giannulli said in court documents filed Monday in Boston they are waiving their right to appear in court for an arraignment and plead not guilty. ABC News reports it'll be up to a judge to accept that request or demand they appear in court. The couple and more than a dozen other parents were indicted last week on charges of mail fraud and money laundering conspiracy.

Loughlin and Giannulli are charged with paying $500,000 in bribes to get their daughters admitted to the University of Southern California as crew recruits, even though neither is a rower. They haven't publicly addressed the allegations against them, though an unnamed source told People Loughlin is "very concerned about what a guilty plea would do to her daughters." Several other indicted parents have also entered not guilty pleas. Fellow actress Felicity Huffman and 12 other parents have agreed to plead guilty.

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