Yesterday, we reported that Lori Loughlin’s fashion designer husband Mossimo Giannulli had been released from prison a few weeks early after being sentenced to five months behind bars for his role in the college admissions scandal. Now, a source close to Loughlin is saying that the former “Fuller House” star is “relieved” that her husband is out of prison.
Fox News has confirmed that Giannulli was released from prison and transferred to RRM Long Beach, a residential re-entry facility. Though he has yet to reunite with his family, Loughlin is reportedly glad that he has been freed.
“Lori is relieved that he was released from the prison. Mossimo is still in federal custody though,” a source close to the situation told People Magazine.
Giannulli and Loughlin pled guilty last year to charges related to them allegedly 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. Loughlin was sentenced to two months in prison, and she concluded her sentence at the end of 2020.
Adjusting to life in prison was difficult for Giannulli. His son Gianni from a previous marriage claimed that he was forced into “solitary confinement” at the beginning of his sentence. Giannulli was finally moved to a minimum-security camp in January after quarantining in solitary for an “extended period” as a precaution during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Mossimo had to file an emergency motion to get out of solitary because he had no access to anything while inside,” a source said at the time. “He didn’t go outside for almost two weeks; he was denied access to everything other than a shower.”
Last month, a judge rejected Giannulli’s request to serve out the rest of his sentence at home.
“Giannulli is not entitled to a modification of his sentence because he has not demonstrated an ‘extraordinary and compelling’ reason warranting his release,” ruled Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton. “Although the Court recognizes the danger associated with COVID-19 and the particular risk of transmission in penitentiary facilities, the fear of COVID-19 alone, without more, is insufficient to warrant release.”
“Although defendant’s quarantine was longer than anticipated, he has since been released to the general population,” Gorton added. “He has given no extraordinary or compelling reason why his current circumstances in the camp warrant immediate release.”