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Loughlin Gets 'Worst' Advice From Prison Coach

The 'Fuller House' actor is learning about survival behind bars, in case she's found guilty
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 4, 2020 10:01 AM CST
In this Aug. 27, 2019 file photo, actress Lori Loughlin departs federal court in Boston after a hearing in a nationwide college admissions bribery scandal.   (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

(Newser) – Facing a stint in the big house? You might want to learn the ropes first. That's what Lori Loughlin is thinking, based on two reports about expert advice she's getting on prison survival—including a few martial-arts techniques. "She has someone who is advising her what to do in case she loses her case and goes to prison," a source close to Loughlin tells People. "...That's not to be construed that she thinks she’s going to lose her case. Lori is a planner, and she is doing what she needs to do for all contingencies." Seems Loughlin's etiquette lessons include tips on table manners and when to make eye contact with fellow inmates. But learning how to defend herself? That's a little more controversial.

"Prison is going to be sink or swim and Lori doesn't intend to sit back and take the abuse without a fight," a source tells Radar about her apparent martial-arts training. But prison consultant John Fuller warns it can be a mistake to go into prison itching for a fight, per Fox Business. "Whoever gave her that advice—[it] was clearly the worst advice that she's received thus far," he says. "If she thinks she's going to go in there and bully other inmates or actually defend herself she’s wrong." Fuller suggests it's better to be respectful and build relationships behind bars. Loughlin has been charged in the college admissions scandal and faces up to 45 years in prison. (She and husband Mossimo Giannulli claim prosecutors are purposely hiding evidence in their case.)

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