Lori Loughlin Pleads Not Guilty To New Charge In College Admissions Scandal

Lori Loughlin is facing even more legal trouble.

It was revealed on Tuesday that the actor is one of 11 of the 15 parents charged in the college admissions scandal who are facing new charges.

“The new charges in the third superseding indictment allege that 11 defendants… conspired to commit federal program bribery by bribing employees of the University of Southern California (USC) to facilitate their children’s admission,” a press release reads.

“In exchange for the bribes, employees of the university allegedly designated the defendants’ children as athletic recruits – with little or no regard for their athletic abilities – or as members of other favoured admissions categories.”

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On Friday, Loughlin pleaded not guilty to the new charge, according to court documents filed in Boston federal court, per ABC News.

Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli have asked the judge to waive their need to appear in court to be arraigned on the new charge later this month.

This follows a report in the New York Times about new charges in the ever-expanding college admissions scandal reveals that Loughlin’s daughters are no longer enrolled in the University of Southern California as the “Fuller House” star and Giannulli prepare to stand trial after pleading not guilty to allegedly paying a $500,000 bribe to ensure the girls’ acceptance in the prestigious California university.

As the Times points out, tabloid reports have indicated that Loughlin has been “anxious” about the upcoming trial and “regretted her not-guilty plea,” yet “there has been no indication that she intends to change her plea.”

Contacted by the Times, Loughlin’s lawyer did not respond to a request for comment about her plans.

Also contacted was the university registrar at USC, which has been undertaking an internal investigation into nearly three-dozen students who are connected to the scandal.

In a statement issued to the Times on Monday, the registrar confirmed that Loughlin’s daughters, Olivia Jade and Isabella Giannulli, were no longer enrolled at the school; however, the statement added that the school “was unable to provide additional information because of student privacy laws.”

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Meanwhile, a source recently told ET that the 14-day prison sentence handed to Felicity Huffman, who pleaded guilty to charges mail fraud and honest services mail fraud after allegedly paying $15,000 to have a proctor rig her daughter’s SAT score, has led Loughlin to become “panicked.”

“Lori has kept a close eye on Felicity throughout the case and after hearing her 14-day sentence, she’s been incredibly panicked,” the source tells ET. “She can’t help thinking, if Felicity received real prison time, what could that mean for her?”

The source added: “Lori didn’t believe Felicity should have pleaded guilty but now watching her situation play out, she’s been in fear of what’s to come for her. Right now, her friends fear the prosecution wants to make an example out of her, not only for the crime she’s been accused of, but her not-guilty plea.”

If found guilty, Loughlin and Giannulli could face up to 40 years in prison.

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