Earlier this week, 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 in prison for his role in the college admissions scandal. Now, new details about his release are coming to light.
Giannulli’s son Gianni, who is from a previous marriage, told EXTRA that all three of the fashion designer’s children went to pick him up from Lompoc, a federal correctional institution, at the earliest time allowed, 8:30 a.m., on Good Friday. Gianni was joined by his younger half sisters, Isabella and Olivia Jade, who decided to join their brother at the last minute as a surprise for their dad.
In an attempt to avoid traffic, the siblings left Los Angeles on Thursday night to make the drive to Santa Barbara, where they spent the night in a hotel about 20 minutes from the prison. The next morning, the girls hit in the back of Gianni’s truck and jumped out to surprise their dad, who reportedly lost it when he saw them.
While it had previously been reported that Giannulli will be staying at a halfway house, Gianni said that this is untrue, and that they only stopped at one to pick up his ankle bracelet, which he will need to wear at home until his sentence is complete later this month.
Once home, Giannulli was reunited with his wife Loughlin, who he had not seen in six and a half months. She had started her own two month prison sentence a month before he began his, so they had not seen each other since the start of her prison time. She was released at the end of December.
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 is reportedly over the moon that her husband is finally home.
“Lori is relieved that he was released from the prison. Mossimo is still in federal custody though,” said a source close to the situation.