According to a new federal indictment, Olivia Jade Giannulli is only a student at the Universoty of Southern California because her famous mother was at the center of a massive college bribery scandal.
That’s a sentence we didn’t expect to write when we woke up today.
Alas, here we are.
In an explosive story that is blowing up the Internet, Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman have been arrested for their alleged role in a giant, multi-million dollar blackmail scheme.
The actresses have been charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud.
These charges stem from allegations that Loughlin and Hoffman paid money to a man in California… who then used this money to bribe various SAT and ACT proctors and/or to bribe college coaches.
In what manner?
According to ABC News, Loughlin and husband Mossimo Giannulli “agreed to pay bribes totaling $500,000 in exchange for having their two daughters designated as recruits to the USC crew team — despite the fact that they did not participate in crew — thereby facilitating their admission to USC.”
Details of The Fuller House star’s role include having daughter Olivia actually pose on a rowing machine in order to make it look like she was a crew member in high school.
Even though she was not.
This photo (and some of the money Loughlin coughed up) were then sent to a crew coach at USC, who lied to the college, labeled Olivia as a crew recruit and helped her get into the prestigious university.
Olivia, by all accounts, was aware of the scam at the time.
An aspiring actress, the 19-year old has been featured alongside her mother in numerous Hallmark Christmas movies — and she also has nearly two million subscribers on YouTube.
The entire scandal is a pretty despicable example of how rich people get their way in America…
… but it’s made even worse by how Olivia Jade has apparently responded to the allegedly illegal way in which she was granted entry into USC.
While answering fan questions last year, Olivia said she wasn’t sure how she planned to balance her social media career while taking classes as a freshman at this university.
“I don’t know how much of school I’m gonna attend but I’m gonna go in and talk to my deans and everyone, and hope that I can try and balance it all,” she told followers, explaining:
“But I do want the experience of like game days, partying…I don’t really care about school, as you guys all know.”
So, just to be clear, Loughlin paid $500,000 in bribery money so that her daughter could party a lot and try really hard to balance her life as a SOCIAL MEDIA PERSONALITY with her role as a student of higher education.
Olivia Jade: Sorry for Saying College is Dumb!
Olivia faced backlash at the time she said this, long before the details of her scam became known to the public.
“I honestly found it very disappointing when you said you care more about parties and tailgates rather than your education. If you hate school so much why go to college?” one commenter said.
“And it’s honestly insulting when tons of people can’t even afford to go to college but want to.”
Olivia replied to this criticism with the video above, in which she said:
“I said something super ignorant and stupid, basically. And it totally came across that I’m ungrateful for college — I’m going to a really nice school. And it just kind of made it seem like I don’t care, I just want to brush it off.
“I’m just gonna be successful at YouTube and not have to worry about school. I’m really disappointed in myself.”
“I didn’t mean it that way,” she added. “I’m sorry for anyone I offended by saying that. I know it’s a privilege and a blessing and I’m really grateful.”
Simply put…we don’t believe her.
USC’s President Wanda M. Austin, meanwhile, sent an email to students after the news broke on Tuesday.
“I want to inform you of an ongoing wide-ranging criminal investigation involving universities nationwide, including USC.
“The government has made a public announcement and disseminated the charging documents,” the email reads.
“The federal government has alleged that USC is a victim in a scheme perpetrated against the university by a long-time Athletics Department employee, one current coach and three former coaching staff, who were allegedly involved in a college admissions scheme and have been charged by the government on multiple charges.”