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Lori Loughlin 'Never Pushed' Her Daughters Bella Giannulli and Olivia Jade

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Lori Loughlin and daughter Isabella

In real life, Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, have been accused of paying $500,000 in bribes to get their two daughters recruited to the University of Southern California crew team (even though they're not on crew) to help them get into the college.

U.S. actress Lori Loughlin appeared in federal court in downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday in connection with a massive college admissions scam involving other celebrities and top industry CEOs.

"We believe everyone charged here today had a role in fostering a culture of corruption and greed that created an uneven playing field for students trying to get into these schools the right way through hard work, good grades and community service", John Bonavolonta, FBI special agent in charge, explained. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, parents allegedly paid millions to bribe coaches at elite universities to reportedly recruit their children and gain admission.

"One was to cheat on the SAT or ACT, and the other was to use his connections with Division I coaches and use bribes to get these parents' kids into school with fake athletic credentials".

On Thursday, the cosmetic giant Sephora announced the company would be ending a makeup partnership with Loughlin's daughter. Ferguson faces a charge of conspiracy to commit racketeering.

She came under fire in August, when some of her subscribers called her spoiled and privileged over her comments about going to college, featured in videos posted on her YouTube channel. The children gained admission to Yale University, Georgetown University, Stanford University, UCLA, and USC. Prosecutors say those were false claims as neither daughter has participated in the sport.

And while Olivia Jade said she loves school, she admitted that it was her parents who pushed her into pursuing higher education at the University of Southern California, where she is a freshman, despite her booming social media career.

Court papers said a cooperating witness met with Huffman and her husband, actor William H. Macy, at their Los Angeles home and explained the scam to them.

In a recent podcast interview on the "Zach Sang Show", Olivia Jade said she attends USC "mostly because my parents really wanted me to go".

Giannulli was released Tuesday after posting a $1 million bond.

Big names such as actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin headline the list of some 50 people charged in documents released Tuesday that describe a scheme to cheat the admissions process at eight sought-after schools.

Douglas Hodge, the former chief executive of the investment firm Pimco, and another of the 33 parents charged in the $25 million scam, appeared earlier in the day in a Boston court.

Prosecutors said parents paid an admissions consultant from 2011 through last month to bribe coaches and administrators to label their children as recruited athletes, to alter test scores and to have others take online classes to boost their children's chances of getting into schools.

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