Lori Loughlin’s daughter Olivia Jade was aboard USC official’s yacht in Bahamas when mom was charged: reports
Giannulli, 19, was on Rick Caruso's luxury yacht Invictus in the Bahamas, a report said. Caruso is chairman of USC's Board of Trustees. Giannulli, who currently attends USC, was with Caruso's daughter Gianna and several other friends, the outlet reported.
“My daughter and a group of students left for spring break prior to the government's announcement yesterday,” Caruso told TMZ . “Once we became aware of the investigation, the young woman decided it would be in her best interests to return home.”
“Once we became aware of the investigation, the young woman decided it would be in her best interests to return home.”
— Rick Caruso, chairman of USC’s Board of Trustees Loughlin's daughter has since returned to Los Angeles to face the allegations that could result in her getting expelled from USC, the Daily Mail reported .
USC's Board of Trustees will not decide the status of Giannulli and the other students involved in the case, but rather, the university's president will make the decisions, according to TMZ.
Lori Loughlin and daughter Olivia Jade Giannulli attend Women’s Cancer Research Fund’s An Unforgettable Evening Benefit Gala at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on Feb. 27, 2018, in Beverly Hills, California. (Getty)
Loughlin's rep had no comment, People reported .
Business deals in jeopardy? Giannulli is a YouTube beauty vlogger and social media star, but in the midst of her mother's charges, she may lose the lucrative brand-sponsorship deals she has landed over the years, Variety reported .
HP, having cut ties with Giannulli, said in a statement, “HP worked with Lori Loughlin and Olivia Jade in 2017 for a one-time product campaign. HP has removed the content from its properties.”
Giannulli also cut brand deals with partners including Amazon, Dolce & Gabbana, Lulus, Marc Jacobs Beauty, Sephora, Smashbox Beauty Cosmetics, Smile Direct Club, Too Faced Cosmetics, Boohoo, and Unilever’s TRESemmé, the report said.
Giannulli's rep declined to comment, Variety reported. Estée Lauder Companies, which owns Smashbox and Too Faced, also declined to comment, while the other brands or companies the magazine reached out to did not immediately respond to their requests for comment.
Amy Lieu is a news editor and reporter for Fox News. Trending in US
Global Climate Strike: Students inspired by Greta Thunberg skip school to protest climate change – CNN
Story highlights Strikes are planned in almost 1700 towns and cities in over 100 countries Youth activists tell CNN that adults are passing the burden of climate change to future generations “We need to be listened to and we have no intention of giving up until our demands are met,” a UK schoolgirl tells CNN (CNN) Adults have failed. Failed to slash emissions and failed to curb global warming — that is the view of hundreds of thousands of students who will protest climate inaction this Friday, by taking part in the Global Climate Strike.
Inspired by 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg’ s weekly protests, the global youth climate movement has swept the globe, with students organizing strikes on every continent. Meet 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg Read More Now, students are putting their collective voices together in a coordinated global school walkout , called Youth Strike 4 Climate. So far, strikes are planned in almost 1,700 towns and cities in over 100 different countries. Five youth activists tell CNN about their motivations and hopes for the future. Toby Thorpe, 17, Australia 17-year-old Toby Thorpe has organized a strike in Tasmania because he wants future generations to enjoy the island’s natural beauty. “I’m very lucky to come from a place like this and that’s why I became an activist,” says Toby Thorpe. Thorpe grew up in the Huon Valley in the far south of Tasmania. He is helping to organize the strike in Tasmania’s capital – Hobart – because he wants to ensure that future generations will experience the island’s natural beauty and clean air. “The reality of climate change really impacted my community this year, when bushfires ravaged the Huon Valley, and burned over 200,000 hectares of wilderness across the state” he says. In other parts of the country, floods and tropical storms are wreaking havoc. “These disasters are increasing in frequency and intensity, and all the science points to climate change,” says Thorpe. Photos: Effects of global warming around the world Photos: Effects of global warming around the world Melting polar ice caps – The consequences of climate change go far beyond warming temperatures, which scientists say are melting the polar ice caps and raising sea levels. Click through the gallery for a look at 10 other key effects of climate change, some of which may surprise you. Hide Caption 1 of 11 Photos: Effects of global warming around the world Drought – In the coming decades climate change will unleash megadroughts lasting 10 years or more, according to a new report by scholars at Cornell University, the University of Arizona and the U.S. Geological Survey. We’re seeing hints of this already in many arid parts of the world and even in California, which has been rationing water amid record drought. In this 2012 photo, a man places his hand on parched soil in the Greater Upper Nile region of northeastern South Sudan. Hide Caption 2 of 11 Photos: Effects of global warming around the world Wildfires – There’s not a direct link between climate change and wildfires, exactly. But many scientists believe the increase in wildfires in the Western United States is partly the result of tinder-dry forests parched by warming temperatures. This photo shows a wildfire as it approaches the shore of Bass Lake, California, in mid-September. Hide Caption 3 of 11 Photos: Effects of global warming around the world Coral reefs – Scientists say the oceans’ temperatures have risen by more than 1 degree Fahrenheit over the last century. It doesn’t sound like much, but it’s been enough to affect the fragile ecosystems of coral reefs, which have been bleaching and dying off in recent decades. This photo shows dead coral off the coast of St. Martin’s Island in Bangladesh. Hide Caption 4 of 11 Photos: Effects of global warming around the world Food prices – A U.N. panel found in March that climate change — mostly drought — is already affecting the global agricultural supply and will likely drive up food prices. Here, in 2010, workers on combines harvest soybeans in northern Brazil. Global food experts have warned that climate change could double grain prices by 2050. Hide Caption 5 of 11 Photos: Effects of global warming around the world Pollen allergies – Are you sneezing more often these days? Climate change may be to blame for that, too. Recent studies show that rising temperatures and carbon dioxide levels promote the growth of weedy plant species that produce allergenic pollen. The worst place in the United States for spring allergies in 2014, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America? Louisville, Kentucky . Hide Caption 6 of 11 Photos: Effects of global warming around the world Deforestation – Climate change has not been kind to the world’s forests. Invasive species such as the bark beetle, which thrive in warmer temperatures, have attacked trees across the North American west, from Mexico to the Yukon. University of Colorado researchers have found that some populations of mountain pine beetles now produce two generations per year, dramatically boosting the bugs’ threat to lodgepole and ponderosa pines. In this 2009 photo, dead spruces of the Yukon’s Alsek River valley attest to the devastation wrought by the beetles. Hide Caption 7 of 11 Photos: Effects of global warming around the world Mountain glaciers – The snows capping majestic Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak, once inspired Ernest Hemingway. Now they’re in danger of melting away altogether. Studies suggest that if the mountain’s snowcap continues to evaporate at its current rate, it could be gone in 15 years. Here, a Kilimanjaro glacier is viewed from Uhuru Peak in December 2010. Hide Caption 8 of 11 Photos: Effects of global warming around the world Endangered species – Polar bears may be the poster child for climate change’s effect on animals. But scientists say climate change is wreaking havoc on many other species — including birds and reptiles — that are sensitive to fluctuations in temperatures. One, this golden toad of Costa Rica and other Central American countries, has already gone extinct. Hide Caption 9 of 11 Photos: Effects of global warming around the world Animal migration – It’s not your imagination: Some animals — mostly birds — are migrating earlier and earlier every year because of warming global temperatures. Scholars from the University of East Anglia found that Icelandic black-tailed godwits have advanced their migration by two weeks over the past two decades. Researchers also have found that many species are migrating to higher elevations as temperatures climb. Hide Caption 10 of 11 Photos: Effects of global warming around the world Extreme weather – The planet could see as many as 20 more hurricanes and tropical storms each year by the end of the century because of climate change, according to a 2013 study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. This image shows Superstorm Sandy bearing down on the New Jersey coast in 2012. Hide Caption 11 of 11 A rallying point for Australian strikers is the plan to open a new coal mine in central Queensland. The Australian government’s consent to the Carmichael mine , also known as the Adani mine after the Indian company developing it, has caused great controversy. A Queensland government official told Reuters this week that Adani Enterprises might have to wait up to two years for environmental approvals to start construction. “It’s outrageous. But we’re not going to sit and watch our futures being trashed because of their addiction to the fossil fuel industry,” says Thorpe. Thorpe believes the government has not done enough to embrace new forms of clean energy. “Australia is one of the sunniest and windiest countries in the world,” he says. “We have the money and the experts. We should transition to renewable energy right now.” Just 6.7% of Australia’s energy comes from renewable sources, according to the International Energy Agency. Australia has set a target of increasing its renewable energy capacity to 51% by 2050. Thorpe believes that most Australians back the striking students’ efforts. “No matter what your political beliefs, climate change is an issue that affects us all.” Seo-gyung Kim, 17, South Korea 17-year-old Seo-gyung Kim says adults are passing the climate change “burden” to future generations. Seo-gyung Kim, a high school student in the South Korean capital, Seoul, came to climate change activism via nuclear power protests. “My mom was a science teacher. She explained how nuclear power plants work when I was a primary student,” says Kim, adding that when she learned that water used to cool nuclear plants is returned to the ocean, Kim became concerned about marine pollution. As a teenager, Kim began campaigning against nuclear power plants. In this capacity, she encountered Youth for Climate Action and joined the group as a volunteer to raise public awareness. “I don’t understand why my government is not investing more in the renewable energy sector but is still investing in coal-powered plants,” she says. Read more: The world’s most polluted cities Just 2% of South Korea’s energy sector is currently renewable, the International Energy Agency tells CNN. The country has vowed to close 14 coal power plants as part of its ‘2050 Energy Vision Plan’ , but recently invested tens of billions of US dollars in coal, according to the World Energy Council. Air pollution is a serious problem in South Korea. The government declared it a “social disaster” this week and passed a set of bills to tackle the problem after seven cities experienced record-high concentrations of harmful PM 2.5 particles. “When I step out of my apartment, I run into a seven-lane road,” says Kim. She says she can see dust and is conscious of the ultra-fine particles that clog the city’s atmosphere. “Nowadays, I feel breathing is more difficult,” she says. JUST WATCHED How deadly is air pollution? Replay More Videos … MUST WATCH
How deadly is air pollution? 01:07 Some positive steps have been taken, however. Kim is pleased that the city of Seoul is equipping one million households with solar panels and that last year, a floating solar farm –the size of three football pitches and the largest in the country — was established. Kim believes that South Koreans are not doing enough to tackle climate change because they assume it is a problem for the future — not for now. “I don’t think adults are taking enough responsibility,” she says. “They are passing the burden to future generations.” Shaama Sandooyea, 22, Mauritius 22-year-old Shaama Sandooyea organized the first climate strike in Mauritius. Shaama Sandooyea lives on a small island in the Indian Ocean, about 2,300 km (1,400 miles) off the coast of Africa. She describes her home as a pocket of “yellow sandy beaches, turquoise lagoons and coconut trees, under a burning sun.” Although it appears to tick all the boxes for a tropical paradise, Mauritius is in the grips of climate change. The nation is especially vulnerable to rising sea levels and some people have lost their homes, while storm surges have devastated sections of coastline. Although overall rainfall is decreasing, there are more heavy downfalls. What is climate change? Your questions answered In March 2013, a flash flood caused the death of 11 people in the island’s capital, Port Louis. “Since that day, everyone is scared of rainfalls,” says Sandooyea. Meanwhile, the corals that once thrived offshore have “bleached extensively” due to rising temperatures over the last decade. JUST WATCHED Seychelles: 115 islands vs climate change Replay More Videos … MUST WATCH
Seychelles: 115 islands vs climate change 07:52 Sandooyea — who is studying for a degree in marine environmental sciences — credits her education for inspiring her activism. In Mauritius, young people feel more worried about climate change than older generations because they learn about it in school and understand the threat, she says. But despite the keen interest, there has never been a climate strike in Mauritius before and “nobody knew where to start.” Sandooyea took the initiative: she contacted strike organizers in Europe for advice, set up a Facebook page and started spreading the word. Sandooyea feels frustrated by political inaction and hopes to make an impact. “What is the purpose of education if … those who have the power to make a difference, are not listening to us?” Scarlet Possnett, 15, United Kingdom 15-year-old Scarlet Possnett says it is “impossible not to notice climate change.” Climate change is “something that terrifies my generation”, Possnett says, expressing her frustration that as a teenager she cannot vote on climate-related issues “which we will have to deal with the rest of our lives.” When the UK experienced its hottest February day on record this year, Possnett, who lives near Cambridge, says her immediate thought was “this is not how it should be!” “It is impossible not to notice climate change,” she says. Possnett says Thunberg’s weekly strikes outside the Swedish parliament made her realize “there is something students can do” to put pressure on their governments to take climate action. She joined the UK Student Climate Network (UKSCN) in January and started organizing strikes across the country. With other UKCSN activists, Possnett wrote an open letter calling on the UK government to declare a national climate emergency, to lower the voting age to 16 and include climate change in the national curriculum. How teenage girls defied skeptics to build a new global climate movement “I would much rather be at school [than striking] but I don’t have that luxury,” she says. “We’re being heard, by politicians and the media, but that’s not enough. We need to be listened to and we have no intention of giving up on making noise until our demands are met,” she says. Alexandria Villasenor, 13, United States 13-year-old Alexandria Villasenor strikes outside the United Nations headquarters in New York City during the polar vortex. When she was just eight years old, Alexandria Villasenor first became aware of the devastating impacts of climate change. A prolonged drought in 2013 caused the lake in her hometown Folsom, California, to completely dry up . “I could walk across the lake and saw dead fish. It was a scary experience,” recalls Villasenor, who now lives in New York City. Villasenor was once again confronted by the threat of climate change when mass wildfires broke out in Paradise , California, last summer. She was visiting family nearby but had to leave because she was struggling to breathe because of the smoke. “I started to realize [these events] aren’t normal and that they are linked to climate change,” she says. Villasenor’s experiences of climate change and Thunberg’s rousing speech at the United Nations climate summit inspired her to become an activist. Every Friday, Villasenor strikes against global climate inaction outside the United Nations headquarters. “I sit there until I’m numb. I’ve even striked in the polar vortex,” she says. She has been striking for 14 weeks now and helped organize strikes across the United States. “I’m upset with how world leaders are treating the climate crisis. [The youth] need to make sure that people in power start taking action because we don’t have time to wait until we can,” she says. Curbing global warming is possible, but only if governments take “drastic change now,” Villasenor says. “We need to cut emissions by 50% by 2030, stop fracking and stop coal mines,” she adds. She hopes that the youth climate strikes “will achieve more action from world leaders,” pointing to the success of campaigners in Germany, who lobbied the government to phase out coal by 2038.
U.S. college admissions scandal sparks $500B lawsuit | CBC News
Hollywood actress Lori Loughlin was dropped by a TV network and her daughter lost a sponsorship deal on Thursday, while students sued prestigious universities in the growing fallout from a massive college bribery scandal.
Crown Media Family Networks, the company that owns the Hallmark cable channel, cut ties with Loughlin, its Garage Sale Mysteries star, after she was charged in the scandal, it said on Thursday.
Hallmark’s announcement followed an earlier one from LVMH’s Sephora beauty chain, which said it was ending its partnership with Loughlin’s daughter, Olivia. Olivia Giannulli, the 19-year-old daughter of the Full House star and designer Mossimo Giannulli, is a social media “influencer” who goes by the name Olivia Jade online.
Products from her makeup collaboration had been removed from Sephora’s website by Thursday afternoon. It was not immediately clear whether her products were available in stores.
Ex-Yale admissions dean worries college scandal will keep underprivileged kids from applying What bribery in U.S. college admissions says about the ‘myth’ of meritocracy 8 outrageous details from the U.S. college scam court documents A representative for Olivia Giannulli could not immediately be reached for comment.
Largest known admissions scandal in U.S. Meanwhile, a $500-billion US civil lawsuit filed by a parent on Wednesday in San Francisco accused 45 defendants of defrauding and inflicting emotional distress on everyone whose “rights to a fair chance at entrance to college” were stolen through their alleged conspiracy.
In the largest known college admissions scandal in U.S. history, federal prosecutors on Tuesday said a California company made about $25 million by charging parents to secure spots for their children at elite schools, including Georgetown, Stanford and Yale, by cheating the admissions process. Gordon Caplan, co-chair of the international law firm Willkie Farr & Gallagher, walks out of federal court on Tuesday in New York. He’s accused of paying to get a test supervisor to correct the answers on his daughter’s ACT exam. (Julie Jacobson/Associated Press) Jennifer Kay Toy, a former teacher in Oakland, Calif., said she believed her son Joshua was not admitted to some colleges, despite his 4.2 grade point average, because wealthy parents thought it was “OK to lie, cheat, steal and bribe their children’s way into a good college.”
Toy did not say if any colleges admitted her only child, or where Joshua might have won admission but for any chicanery.
Her complaint was filed in California Superior Court. Toy’s lawyer did not immediately respond on Thursday to a request for comment.
Food and beverage distributor Gregory Abbott leaves a New York court Tuesday after appearing on bribery charges connected to the case. He and his wife are accused of paying someone to take college entrance tests for their daughter. (Bebeto Matthews/Associated Press) Fifty people, including 33 parents and many athletic coaches and business executives, were criminally charged in the scandal, which is being overseen by prosecutors in Boston.
Celebrities accused of participating Among the 50 are the actress Felicity Huffman, actress Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband Mossimo Giannulli, and TPG private equity partner William McGlashan Jr. Huffman’s husband, actor William H. Macy, has not been charged.
Actress Felicity Huffman, left, and Lori Loughlin were among 50 people indicted in the sweeping U.S. university admissions scam. (Lisa O’Connor, Tommaso Boddi/AFP/Getty Images) The three who were charged are among the defendants in Toy’s lawsuit, as is William Singer, the accused mastermind of the scheme.
Prosecutors said Singer, since 2011, used his Edge College & Career Network and an affiliated nonprofit to help prospective students cheat on college admission tests and bribe coaches to inflate their athletic credentials.
Singer pleaded guilty on Tuesday to racketeering charges.
Also on Wednesday, several college students filed a lawsuit against Yale, Georgetown, Stanford and other schools involved in the case, saying they and others were denied a fair shot at admission.
Yale says it’s ‘the victim of a crime’ The plaintiffs brought the class-action complaint Wednesday in federal court in San Francisco on behalf of themselves and other applicants and asked for unspecified damages.
They argued that applicants who played by the rules were victimized when rich and famous parents paid bribes that enabled unqualified students to get into highly selective universities. William (Rick) Singer leaves a federal courthouse in Boston on Tuesday. He’s accused of being the mastermind behind what’s being described as the largest college admissions scam ever prosecuted by the U.S. Department of Justice. Singer pleaded guilty to several charges. (Brian Snyder/Reuters) “Each of the universities took the students’ admission application fees while failing to take adequate steps to ensure that their admissions process was fair and free of fraud, bribery, cheating and dishonesty,” the lawsuit said.
One of the institutions being sued, the University of Texas at Austin, issued a statement saying that it is “outraged” over the bribery scheme and that any wrongdoing at the school does not reflect its admissions practices and was carried out by “one UT employee.”
Other schools named in the lawsuit were the University of Southern California, the University of California at Los Angeles, Wake Forest University and the University of San Diego.
Among other claims, the lawsuit said that the universities should have discovered the bribes and that their failure to do so through audits or other practices reflects “an unfair business practice.”
USC officials said earlier this week that prosecutors believe that the perpetrators “went to great lengths to conceal their actions from the university.”
Yale, likewise, said it was “the victim of a crime.”
Olivia Jade was ‘literally never at school,’ she jokes in 2018 video
Report: Lori Loughlin’s daughter was on the yacht of USC’s Board of Trustees when her mom was accused in scheme There’s another Olivia Jade video that hasn’t aged well. Lori Loughlin ‘s daughter Olivia Jade Giannulli joked in a vlog post last year that she was “literally never at school,” as the young YouTube star’s past videos draw new scrutiny amid a massive college admissions scandal that resulted in Loughlin’s arrest this week.
“Maybe they forget I go there!” the now 19-year-old Giannulli jokes in the post, titled “MY LAST DAY OF HIGH SCHOOL.” The nine-minute video is dated May 22, 2018.
“I’m kidding!,” she quickly adds.
Giannulli took criticism last year for a vlog in which she said she didn’t “really care about school,” and was interested in attending college only for “game days, partying.”
Fans and viewers were quick to take to the comments section, voicing their displeasure.
“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, according to People magazine. “And it’s honestly insulting when tons of people can’t even afford to go to college but want to.”
“Dang must be nice to only go to school for the game days, or to party…,” another user wrote sarcastically, the outlet reported . “Here I am going cause I would be the first of my family’s generation to have a degree and better opportunities.”
After reading the backlash from the comments to the video, she posted a second video apology titled “im sorry,” saying she was “disappointed in herself.”
As of Friday, Giannulli and her sister Isabella Giannulli were still enrolled at the University of Southern California (USC), despite reports that they had decided to leave USC to avoid bullying over allegations that they got into the school because their parents paid bribes. The sisters’ father is fashion designer Mossimo Gianulli.
“We have confirmed that both Olivia Giannulli and Isabella Giannulli still are enrolled,” the university told Fox News on Friday. “USC is conducting a case-by-case review for current students and graduates that may be connected to the scheme alleged by the government and will make informed decisions as those reviews are completed.”
Loughlin and her husband were charged along with nearly 50 other people Tuesday in a scheme in which wealthy parents allegedly bribed college coaches and other insiders to get their children into some of the most elite schools in the country, federal prosecutors said. Others facing charges include “Desperate Housewives” actress Felicity Huffman.
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Loughlin and her spouse are accused of agreeing to pay $500,000 in bribes to have their two daughters designated as recruits for the USC crew team — though neither child had participated in the sport.
Reports said earlier this week that Olivia Jade, a popular beauty and lifestyle YouTuber, was spending spring break in the Bahamas on a yacht belonging to USC Board of Trustees chairman Rick Caruso when her parents were accused of involvement in the college admissions scheme.
As the scandal has unfolded, Olivia has lost some of the lucrative brand-sponsorship deals she has landed over the years.
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Sephora told Fox News on Thursday it officially ended its partnership with Olivia.
“After careful review of recent developments, we have made the decision to end the Sephora Collection partnership with Olivia Jade, effective immediately,” a representative for the brand confirmed to us.
Fox News’ Sasha Savitsky contributed to this report. Amy Lieu is a news editor and reporter for Fox News. On Our Radar
Suit Filed Against UCLA, USC For ‘Rigged’ Admission Process Patch
0 USC is one of many colleges and companies caught up in a nationwide admissions bribery scheme. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon) LOS ANGELES, CA — A lawsuit filed by two Stanford students seeks class-action status on behalf of all students who applied to elite colleges implicated in the massive college admissions cheating scam including UCLA and USC. It alleges honest students were robbed of opportunity by parents, coaches and administrators willing to cheat and use bribery to steal college admissions belonging to more worthy students.
The lawsuit claims honest students trusted in admissions procedures that allegedly turned out to be an “unfair, rigged process.” The suit was filed Wednesday in n federal court in San Francisco by attorneys for Stanford students Erica Olsen and Kalea Wood.
The complaint seeks at least $5 million on behalf of what could be thousands of plaintiffs.
In the lawsuit, Olsen shares her story. She applied Yale University with a “stellar standardized test score, and a glowing profile that included being a talented athlete and dancer.”
“Had she known that the system at Yale University was warped and rigged by fraud, she would not have spent the money to apply to the school,” the lawsuit states. “She also did not receive what she paid for — a fair admissions consideration process.”
Also named in the lawsuit as defendants are Stanford, University of San Diego, University of Texas, Wake Forest University, Yale University, and Georgetown University. Newport Beach businessman William “Rick” Singer, the admitted ringleader of the scheme, is also a named defendant.
Singer pleaded guilty to charges of racketeering and money laundering on Tuesday. A total of 50 people, including actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, were charged for their alleged involvement in the conspiracy. Loughlin’s arrest Wednesday came amid the continued fallout of the scandal, which casts a shadow over the meritocracy of America’s elite universities and rained humiliation down on the rich and famous families ensnared in the scam.
The scandal already appears to be taking its toll, as The Associated Press reported Thursday that the Hallmark Channel will no longer be working with Loughlin, who has appeared in many of its films.
Loughlin’s daughter, 19-year-old social media influencer Olivia Jade, lost her deal with French beauty products maker Sephora on Thursday.
“After careful review of recent developments, we have made the decision to end the Sephora Collection partnership with Olivia Jade, effective immediately,” the company said in a statement.
Loughlin has two daughters enrolled at USC, Olivia and Isabella Giannulli. Media reports Thursday said they were planning to withdraw from the school to avoid “bullying.”
“We have confirmed that both Olivia Giannulli and Isabella Giannulli still are enrolled,” USC officials told City News Service. “USC is conducting a case-by-case review for current students and graduates that may be connected to the scheme alleged by the government and will make informed decisions as those reviews are completed.”
The cheating probe, which was dubbed Varsity Blues and was announced Tuesday by federal prosecutors in Boston, has led to the indictments wealthy parents, college athletics coaches and administrators. It forced elite universities to examine the legitimacy of some of their admissions while distancing their institutions from the coaches accused of accepting bribes to help get the underqualified children of the wealthy backdoor admissions.
Several coaches at local universities were arrested in connection with the alleged $25 million scam. Prosecutors said wealthy parents would pay thousands of dollars to get their children admitted to prestigious universities by passing them off as recruited athletes — regardless of their athletic ability — or by helping them cheat on college entrance exams.
In some cases, the ruse over fake athletic recruiting included the use of staged or faked photos of the students posing with athletic equipment or appearing to compete in sports they did not actually play, prosecutors allege.
The alleged conspiracy led to arrests Tuesday by federal agents in multiple states. Athletic coaches from USC, UCLA, Yale, Stanford, Wake Forest and Georgetown, among others, were implicated, as well as parents and entrance- exam administrators.
There was no indication that the schools themselves were involved in the scheme.
USC announced Tuesday that two of its employees implicated in the scandal — water polo coach Jovan Vavic and senior associate athletic director Donna Heinel — had been fired. UCLA soccer coach Jorge Salcedo was placed on leave.
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