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Lori Loughlin Now Thinks “Smiling So Much” On The Way To Court Was a Mistake

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.

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.” 

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.

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