Although their fame has changed significantly, actress Lori Loughlin as well as Mossimo Giannulli, fashion designer, have been prominently in the public eye for many decades. Fans are now more interested in Loughlin & Giannulli than ever, from sitcoms to Target branding deals and the college admission bribery scam. Here’s what we know about their relationship throughout the years.
Giannulli and Loughlin were the two most prominent names on the list of arrests in the scandalous 2019 college admission bribery. “Operation Varsity Blues.”They were taken into custody in March, along with 51 others, in a case the FBI had been working on for many years. Loughlin’s recognizability on TV shows such as Full House hadn’t been enough to put them in the spotlight, the couple also stood out because they were some of the only defendants to plead not guilty — at least at first.
Loughlin is most well-known for her role in Aunt Becky. Full HouseAnd, most recently, Fuller HouseNetflix. She has also taken on many other roles that are both iconic and memorable. Giannulli was a fashion designer who helped to create Target’s iconic brand.
Loughlin, Giannulli and their two daughters were born in the midst of this great success. They sent both of them to the University of Southern California with suspicious scholarships. After changing their pleas, the parents were sentenced to some time in prison. Loughlin, Giannulli and others are among 33 parents who were accused of paying bribes for William Singer, a college admissions consultant, in order to get their children in.
According to federal prosecutors, Loughlin and Giannulli paid half a million dollars — one of the biggest single sums in the case — to get their daughters admitted into the university as crew team members. After they arrived at the school, neither of their daughters took part in the sport.
Loughlin’s case was very emotional. Some sympathize with Loughlin for doing all she could to help her kids. Others find it shocking that such a blatant misuse of power and influence was happening at the expense other students. Here are the parents involved in the alleged scandal.
Loughlin married Giannulli in November 1997. Loughlin explained that to Entertainment Tonight In a 2018 interview, they revealed that it was only two days before Thanksgiving and that they wanted to surprise their family and friends.
“We had Moss’ best friend and a minister meet us, and we got married at sunrise and then we went to Thanksgiving dinner and we told everybody,”She spoke. “We had talked about doing a wedding and we just thought, ‘Let’s get up and let’s go do it.'”
Loughlin was previously married from 1989 to 1995 to Michael Burns.
They welcomed their first child less then a year later. Bella Giannulli, a girl born Sept. 16, 1998. The couple’s elder daughter was the first to go off to the University of Southern California — on the strength of her parents’ bribe, they later admitted.
Mossimo and Target
Loughlin, Giannulli and their family raised their children. Mossimo, Giannulli’s business, was established in 1986. He went public in 1996 with an initial public offer, but quickly found himself adapting to changing markets.
Target was the first Target partner of Mossimo in 2000. Giannulli entered into a multi-product licensing agreement totaling $27.8 Million. Iconix Brand Group purchased the company in 2006. Target still stocks Mossimo products.
Loughlin’s TV Work
Loughlin’s TV success was not over, however. Full HouseIt ended in 1995. She continued to appear on many TV movies, as well as in some feature films. Shows like “The View” lasted her longer. Summerl, 90210 andIn Case of Emergency.
Loughlin started working with the Hallmark Channel more frequently in the years prior to the scandal involving college admission bribery. Loughlin starred in 17 Hallmark TV movies and the TV series. When the Heart is Calling. During the reboot of Netflix, she played Aunt Becky again. Full HouseIn 2016.
Loughlin was fired after the scandal. Fuller HouseLifetime has ceased production of her projects.
Loughlin, Giannulli and their private lives have always been in deep love. In her Entertainment TonightInterview, Loughlin talked about her husband and showed that they are still together more than twenty years later.
“He’s my guy, he’s my person,”She spoke. “It’s communicating, it’s listening, it’s picking and choosing your battles. It’s being flexible, it’s all of that.”
Giannulli, along with dozens of wealthy parents across the country, was taken into custody on March 12, 2019. Giannulli was at home when federal agents arrived and he did nothing to resist as they took him into custody.
Loughlin was filming in Canada for a Hallmark Channel project. After hearing the news, she flew home and deleted all her social media profiles. With the other suspects, she surrendered back to federal authorities in Los Angeles.
Loughlin, Giannulli and a plea deal were offered to them that could have resulted in as little as two year imprisonment. According to a Report by TMZ At the time. Loughlin was then charged with money laundering as the proceedings progressed. This could have significantly increased her sentence to up to 20 years imprisonment.
After their arrests, Loughlin as well as Giannulli stopped speaking to the media. They both pleaded guilty to the first charges. They lost their most important business connections almost immediately, including Loughlin’s work for the Hallmark Channel as well as an advertising deal with Hewlett-Packard.
Loughlin, Olivia Jade and Giannulli were both fired from an Hewlett-Packard advertising campaign. Giannulli, Loughlin, and Giannulli were both widely condemned for pleading innocent. However, many pundits didn’t believe them. This case was a national lightning rod on topics such as income inequality and systemic privelege.
Olivia Jade was also condemned and mocked by the couple’s daughters. Both girls were allowed to continue their studies at USC. According to a report from CNBCAccording to a spokesperson from the university, an investigation into their guilt in the scandal was done and they were apparently cleared of any wrongdoing.
Change of Heart
Loughlin changed her plea from not guilty, to guilty, to one count for conspiracy to wire and mail fraud. This was May 22, 2020. Giannulli, who had previously pled not guilty, retracted those pleas and pleaded guilty for one count of conspiracy and wire and postal fraud. Both were sentenced on August 21, 2020. Loughlin was sentenced to two months imprisonment at FCI Dublin, Northern California. He served his sentence from Oct. 30 through Dec. 28. Giannulli received a five-month sentence, which he served from November 19 to April 2, 2021. He was then released to home confinement.
Giannulli will remain on supervised parole until April 2023. Both had the specifications of their prison sentences altered slightly due to the COVID-19 pandemic — spending more time in isolation and with less availability of visitation hours.
Loughlin, Giannulli and others seem to be doing well in their personal lives after their release from prison. They went on a much-publicized trip together to Mexico in June, which was well received by the public. Olivia Jade, who also spoke out in their defense, claimed that the public didn’t understand the scandal.
Return to Work
Giannulli is not yet back in public. However, Loughlin was seen on-screen last year. The actress has joined the GAC Family Network drama cast. Hope calls — a spinoff of her old show When Calls the Heart. She was seen in the premiere of the season’s two-part episodes on December 18, and will likely be appearing in additional episodes in the future.
Olivia Jade returned to the spotlight in a bigger way. She participated in Dancing With the Stars In the fall 2021, she openedly discussed the scandal and even made jokes about it. Despite this, viewers were divided over whether or not she was being too flippant.