Bombshell court records unsealed in Boston on Tuesday revealed an elaborate alleged bribery ring involving 50 Hollywood elite along with dozens of CEOs and other high ranking business executives, who have been charged in a nationwide college admissions cheating scam. High-profile actresses such as Lori Loughlin and Felicity Hoffman are among those accused of shelling out up to millions of dollars to get their kids into elite universities.
According to NBC News, these shenanigans have been going on for the better part of a decade, and often times, the students in question were not even aware that their admission was contingent on a bribe:
“Beginning in or about 2011, and continuing through the present, the defendants — principally individuals whose high-school age children were applying to college — conspired with others to use bribery and other forms of fraud to facilitate their children’s admission to colleges and universities in the District of Massachusetts and elsewhere, including Yale University, Stanford University, the University of Texas, the University of Southern California, and the University of Southern California — Los Angeles,” the indictment said.
Loughlin in particular, perhaps best known for playing Aunt Becky on Full House from 1988 to 1995 (as well as appearing on all four seasons of Fuller House), is accused along with her fashion designer husband Mossimo Giannulli of agreeing to pay $500,000 in bribes to get their two daughters into USC crew team, despite the fact that neither actually participated in the sport. As such, their admission to the university had been falsely facilitated.
Perhaps because Loughlin’s character on the long-running ABC sitcom had been so wholesome, people really zeroed in on “Aunt Becky” for her role in the scandal. Someone think of Nicholas and Alexander!
And perhaps the most telling tweet of them all…
Uncle Jesse has yet to comment, but we can probably all figure out what his exact reaction would be.