It has been almost a year since the college admissions scandal that hit Lori Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli, and just now the decided to fight back in court. People Magazine writes that the actress and Giannulli have explosive evidence that could help exonerate both of them.
Sean Berkowitz. the couples attorney, filed on Feb. 26th a motion to have their upcoming trial date postponed due to newly released claims that scam mastermind Rick Singer was actually told by the FBI to lie about whether parents knew they were paying bribes.
Berkowitz claims that FBI agents yelled at Singer and instructed him to lie by saying that he told his clients that their payments were bribes, rather than legitimate donations that went to the schools.
These claims of course come as a surprise given that many defendants in this case, including actress Felicity Huffman, have already pleaded guilty.
Criminal defense lawyer James J. Leonard Jr. says that “this is a defense attorney’s dream and a prosecutor’s nightmare,” and that “It changes everything”.
Last year, Loughlin, 55, and Giannulli, 56, pleaded not guilty to charges of fraud, money laundering and conspiracy to commit federal program bribery after they were accused of paying Singer $500,000 to designate their daughters — Isabella Rose, 21, and YouTube star Olivia Jade, 20 — as recruits to the USC crew team. Neither of their girls ever rowed.