A new documentary is diving into the details of the Varsity Blues college admission scandal, and it also exposes how wealthy parents get involved in illegal schemes to get their children admitted into elite universities.
College Admissions Scandal: Varsity Blues features desperate parents with a lot of cash to spend and the college counselors and athletic coaches at elite universities who profit from illegal deals and who help rig the admissions system.
Lori and Mossimo claim in new legal docs, the money they gave Rick Singer to get their daughters into USC was a payment they believed was going to the University itself. https://t.co/YGg3ZccSfb (via @TMZ)
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The doc will also highlight the recent scandal that led to federal prosecutors charging 50 different people in six states, and it attempts to find out if the case is just one example of a deeper, rigged system, or if it is just a one-off situation.
Of course, the most famous defendant in the college admissions case is former Fuller House star Lori Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli. The couple has continued to fight the charges against them instead of taking a plea deal like Desperate Housewives alum Felicity Huffman.
In December 2019, Loughlin and Giannulli filed a motion in a Massachusetts federal court that claimed prosecutors in their case were withholding evidence that could exonerate them. The couple claimed prosecutors had documents which would prove they were making a donation to the University of Southern California and not paying a bribe to get their two daughters – Olivia and Bella – into the school as crew recruits even though they didn’t play the sport.
However, according to Us Weekly, when the government responded by releasing a 526-page motion that included redacted emails and transcripts from phone calls, it appeared that the information Loughlin and Giannulli requested actually strengthened the case against them.
Why Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli Are "Moving On" From Their Bel Air Home https://t.co/HGzzSai5yR
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A lot of the communication between the couple and college consultant Rick Singer appears to prove that Loughlin and Giannulli worked with Singer to create fake profiles for their daughters to make it appear that they had crew experience.
The fake profile for Bella described her as “an incredibly positive-minded coxswain,” and one email shows a USC official asking Giannulli if they could set up a tour of USC and “flag” her application. Giannulli responded “I think we are all squared away.”
Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli allegedly paid $500,000 to Singer and his nonprofit organization to help get Olivia and Bella into USC.
College Admission Scandal: Varsity Blues airs Saturday, February 8th on Reelz.