The image is now iconic: Lori Loughlin in an impeccably fitted blazer, face set in an amiable, if slightly tense, smile. This was Loughlin on her way to a court hearing to hear a full list of the charges against her and husband Mossimo Giannulli in connection with the college admissions scandal that broke back in March. Since then, we’ve learned that the couple faces charges of fraud and conspiracy, specifically tied to their alleged payment of over $500,000 to secure their daughters’ admission to USC. Loughlin and Giannulli have pled ‘not guilty’ for all charges, but a source told Us Weekly that the Loughlin does have one regret — looking quite so cheerful on her way in to court.
WATCH: Lori Loughlin arrives smiling at a federal courthouse in Boston Wednesday as she faces charges in the college admissions scandal; Loughlin & husband Mossimo Giannulli are accused of paying $500,000 to have their two daughters labeled as recruits to the USC crew team. pic.twitter.com/uEQiuhYcnc
— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) April 3, 2019
Felicity Huffman has been somber: lips pursed, eyes avoiding the dozens of news cameras all around.
Lori Loughlin has approached her courthouse visits more like the red carpet: smiling & signing autographs for fans before walking into court.https://t.co/OYI8FCdczM
— Jennifer Medina (@jennymedina) April 10, 2019
According to Us Weekly‘s source, the former Full House star “regrets wearing the khaki pantsuit and smiling so much on her way into court.” Given the public reaction, that’s hardly surprising — while a few admired Loughlin’s grace under pressure, most interpreted her demeanor as a signal that she wasn’t taking the proceedings seriously. According to this source, Loughlin walked in the way she did because she “didn’t want to walk into the courthouse looking ashamed and guilty.” Given her legal position, that makes some strategic sense: “She believes she’s innocent,” the source adds. “And she wouldn’t have pled not guilty if she didn’t think she wasn’t guilty.”
Lori Loughlin smiling and waving going into court is the FACE of white privilege.
— Julia (@juliarmcelroy) April 9, 2019
Want to see the height of entitlement?
Watch video of Lori Loughlin smiling on her way into court like she’s walking a red carpet, shaking hands with prosecutors like they’re her fans, and basically acting like she’s at a movie premiere.
Humility? Humbleness? Contrition?
— Tiffany Berryman (@TiffyInspired) April 4, 2019
Loughlin didn’t just smile on her way to court — she was reportedly signing autographs and posing for photos with fans a day earlier, stoking suspicions that the actress was not particularly concerned about her predicament. Even now, Loughlin has made no public statement of regret for her actions, even as early reports suggest she and Giannulli could each face up to 20 years in prison. We’ll have to wait until the trial to see how this plays out.