Federal prosecutors have released rowing photos that actress Lori Loughlin allegedly used to have her daughters admitted into the University of Southern California.
The photos, which were included in court documents filed Wednesday, show Olivia Jade and sister Isabella Giannulli with blurred faces on rowing machines, according to a report published by People magazine.
We’ve long reported that Lori Loughlin and her husband allegedly posed their 2 daughters on rowing machines to pass them off as recruits for USC crew. Now, prosecutors have released the images. #CollegeAdmissionsScandal pic.twitter.com/SQuALGUNWV
— Caroline Connolly (@CConnNBCBoston) April 10, 2020
“It would probably help to get a picture with her on an ERG in workout clothes like a real athlete too,” college admissions scam leader Rick Singer allegedly told Loughlin.
“Fantastic. Will get all,” Loughlin reportedly replied to Singer at the time.
Prosecutors claim the images were sent to Singer by Mossimo Giannulli after the request on Sept. 7, 2016.
After Isabella was accepted into the university Mossimo reportedly contacted his financial adviser.
“Good news my [older] daughter is in [U]SC bad [news] is I had to work the system,” he reportedly said at the time. (RELATED: Prosecutors Deny Lori Loughlin’s Claims In Dismissal Motion For College Admissions Bribery Case)
A year later on July 28, 2017 Olivia’s rowing photos were sent to the university. Prosecutors claim neither girl ever participated in the sport.
Loughlin and Mossimo have been accused of paying $500,000 in bribes to have their daughters admitted into USC as rowing recruits.
The photo release comes after prosecutors denied Loughlin’s claims in a case dismissal motion.
“Just because neither [scam ring leader Rick] Singer nor the defendants actually used the word ‘bribe’ to describe the purported donations doesn’t mean that they were legitimate,” prosecutors said in a filing.