Lori Loughlin's Daughters' Infamous Rowing Photos Released By Prosecutors
By Emily Lee
April 10, 2020
Federal prosecutors in the college admissions legal battle released the now infamous photos Lori Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli reportedly supplied to the University of Southern California that depict daughters, Olivia Jade and Isabella Giannulli, pretending to be crew athletes. The photos were included in new court documents filed by the prosecution in response to Loughlin, Giannulli and other parents charged in the case requesting the judge to dismiss the case over concealed evidence.
According to the recently filed documents, college admission scam ring leader Rick Singer sent Loughlin and Giannulli an email in August 2016 requesting photos of their daughters posing on the ERG machine. "Lori and Moss, I met with USC today about [redacted]. I need a PDF of her transcript and test scores very soon while I create a coxswain portfolio for her. It would probably help to get a picture with her on an ERG in workout clothes like a real athlete too," Singer's email read. Giannulli replied: "Fantastic. Will get all." In a followup email from September 7, 2016, Giannulli sent Singer the below image of what's believed to be Isabella on ERG below.
Prosecutors allege that one month after Giannulli sent the photo of Isabella on the ERG to Singer, she was granted admission to USC as a coxswain recruit for the school's cree team. Singer instructed Giannulli to "please send 50K payment" to Donna Heinel, the former Senior Women's Associate Athletic Director at USC, via email following Isabella's acceptance.
On July 28, 2017—one year after Isabella's acceptance to USC—Giannulli and Loughlin allegedly followed the same procedure for their younger daughter. The couple sent photos of Olivia in athletic gear on an ERG machine to Singer, as well. Though Giannulli had more exchanges with Loughlin, she was cc’d on the emails.
According to the court documents, Giannulli and Loughlin's actions started to gain suspicion from a counselor at Olivia's high school during a "routine" call from USC about applicants. She informed the university that she had "no knowledge" of Olivia's involvement in crew and "highly doubted" the possibility "based on what I knew of her video blogging schedule."
Loughlin and Giannulli's trial is currently set for October 5, 2020. They each face a maximum of 50 years behind bars if found guilty.