Real Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa Giudice spent 11 months in federal prison in 2015 after she and her husband Joe pleaded guilty to charges of bankruptcy fraud. And, she recently shared her thoughts about the prison time Full House star Lori Loughlin is facing in the Operation Varsity Blues college admissions scandal.
Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, are facing years in prison if they are found guilty, but Giudice says that no matter what the outcome is in Loughlin’s case, she’s sure the actress will “make it through.”
“I feel women are strong. We have babies, we do it all. I’m sure whatever outcome it is, I’m sure she’ll be fine with it,” Giudice told Entertainment Tonight.
The 47-year-old understands why Loughlin took such extreme measures by allegedly paying $500,000 to get her two daughters into the University of Southern California. She says that Loughlin did it for her daughters – Olivia Jade and Bella – and they are grateful for what their mom did.
Giudice explained that Loughlin was looking out for her girls and trying to get them into a good school. And, she says Loughlin needs to be open with them no matter the outcome, and then deal with it and move forward.
Loughlin and Giannulli continue to plead not guilty in their case even though the charges continue to pile up. The charges now include bribery, money laundering, and fraud.
An insider says that Loughlin was considering making a plea deal with prosecutors, but she backed out because her husband insisted that they continue to fight. The source claims that Loughlin’s friends and family have encouraged her to make a deal – like Desperate Housewives star Felicity Huffman – but Loughlin is only listening to her husband.
A second source claims that Loughlin is “absolutely terrified and extremely vulnerable,” and the only hope is that she is acquitted of the charges. If she is found guilty, the hope is that the judge will realize how “completely overzealous” the government has been in their prosecution, and will give Loughlin a light prison sentence.
As for Teresa Giudice, she just returned to New Jersey after visiting her husband Joe in Italy. Joe spent 36 months in prison and seven months in an ICE detention center before his release last month. He is still waiting for the final decision in his deportation case, and that is expected to come this month.
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