Former “Fuller House” actress Lori Loughlin is turning 56 today, but she may not be in much of a celebratory mood, as she is preparing to learn her fate at a sentencing hearing in the coming weeks for her role in the college admissions scandal.
“Lori’s plan is to spend her birthday with family and to keep it very low-key,” a source told “Entertainment Tonight” (ET) on Monday. “Her priorities have shifted since this crisis began, and she feels as long as they are together, it will be perfect. She has been the face of this college scandal and it has taken a huge hit to her career, so at this point, Mossimo and the girls are being very supportive of her.”
Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli finally pled guilty back in May to charges related to them paying $500,000 in bribe money to have their two daughters admitted to the University of Southern California as members of the crew team, even though neither girl had ever rowed before.
They spent over a year fighting the charges before Loughlin finally took a deal in which she would plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud. Meanwhile, her husband pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud and honest services wire and mail fraud.
Under the terms of Loughlin’s deal, she would serve two months in prison and two years of supervised release, pay a $150,000 fine, and complete 100 hours of community service. As for Giannulli, he would serve five months in prison and two years of supervised release, pay a $250,000 fine, and complete 250 hours of community service.
However, a judge still needs to approve these sentences for them to go into effect, and they are set to find out their official sentences on August 21. The insider said that Loughlin has been struggling as the date of her sentencing gets closer.
“This has been a long road, and waiting for their sentencing has been painfully stressful,” the source explained. “She is exhausted and is ready to get past this point. She’s spending time with her family and trying her very best not to think about what lies ahead, because she realizes at this point it’s out of her hands.”
“Her focus is to spend as much quality time with her daughters as possible as she knows she might not see them for a while,” the insider added. “They don’t want to focus on the negative and are doing their very best to avoid spending the last days in fear of what’s to come.”
The source went on to say that Loughlin has one big fear when it comes to going to prison.
“Lori’s biggest concern is that if the girls need her while she is behind bars, she won’t be there for them to help,” the source says. “The girls know she worries, so they have been making a big effort to show her how responsible they are. The family is actually doing well despite what they are going through. This is the biggest challenge they have ever faced, and Lori hopes it makes them stronger in the end.”