How Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman Got Into College Cheating Scandal: Timeline
It's the scandal that took the Internet by storm, and the more we find out, the weirder it gets. You’ve probably already heard about the unfortunate dilemma ‘Full House’ actress, Lori Loughlin, and ‘Desperate Housewives’ star Felicity Huffman, caught themselves in.
The two are at the center of a massive college admissions scandal, and now the entire families are paying the price. To break things down, we’re gonna provide you with a timeline of exactly what happened, how, when, and why.
April 3, 2019
Both Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, as well as Lori’s husband, Mossimo Giannulli, are scheduled to appear in Boston federal court.
March 24, 2019
Dr. Dre throws shade at everyone who was involved in the cheating scheme by praising his daughter, Truly Young, in a now-deleted Instagram post for getting accepted into USC on her own:
March 21, 2019
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts posted a tweet on Thursday, March 21, that the date would be moved from March 29 to April 3:
March 20, 2019
7:54 a.m. ET - Loughlin’s daughter, Olivia Jade, was caught complaining about school once again. In the 2017 video titled “First Day of Senior Year”, the Instagram influencer went on a ran about how she appreciates school, but at the same time, absolutely loathes it:
"I know that I complain about school. I mean, who actually enjoys going to school? If you do, I’m very jealous.
But I also feel the need to say that, for all of us that like to complain about school, ’cause I get how much it sucks, we have to remember how lucky we are to have an education and how many people would kill to have a good education or an education at all.
So, as much as I hate it…I still hate it but I’m grateful that I get to be educated, even though I hate it. You know?"
March 19, 2019
5:54 p.m. ET - A leaked report stated that Olivia Jade had someone else fill in her college application for her. Apparently, her mother Lori sent an email to William “Rick” Singer (who’s behind the entire scam) and asked him for help to fill out the USC application. That’s when he got an employee to fill it out and send it in for her.
March 18, 2019
1:02 p.m. ET - Jennifer Kay Toy, an Oakland school teacher, hit Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman with a $500 billion lawsuit. Jennifer believes her son was put at a disadvantage when he applied to the colleges where the scam was taking place. According to court documents, the school teacher stated,
“Joshua applied to some of the colleges where the cheating took place and did not get in. Joshua and I believed that he’d had a fair chance just like all other applicants but did not make the cut for some undisclosed reason.”
March 16, 2019
10:44 a.m. ET - Another video surfaced of Olivia Jade talking about how she barely went to class. In her vlog, which is titled “My Last Day of High School,” Jade said, “I’m literally never at school. I think my class doesn’t even—maybe they forget I go there...just kidding!” Olivia’s really digging herself a deeper hole here with these videos.
March 15, 2019
12:27 p.m. ET - Although nothing’s been confirmed officially yet, it’s been reported that Lori Loughlin has been fired from ‘Fuller House’ due to the cheating scandal. Apparently, a Deadline source said, “She’s toast, it’s over.” A TMZ insider also commented on the topic, saying, “Lori is a guest star and was during the previous four seasons, and there are currently no plans for her to return to the fifth season.”
10:15 a.m. ET - Felicity Huffman has followed suit after Lori Loughlin deactivated all her social media accounts. People went to her old tweets and started mocking them after the scandal broke loose, including one that sarcastically asked, “What are your best hacks for the back-to-school season?”
March 14, 2019
6:03 p.m. ET - A source from TMZ stated that Lori Loughlin’s daughter, Olivia Jade and Isabella, have made the decision to drop out of USC after all. Although USC didn’t make any formal public decision about their enrollment, Olivia and Isabella decided this for themselves.
And their parents fully back their choice, because they’re all worried they’d be “viciously bullied” upon their return. The source continued to add that the daughters weren’t ever interested in attending USC in the first place, but regardless of the fact, Olivia “is a mess, despondent, and feeling like it’s the end of the world.”
5:00 p.m. ET - Lori Loughlin is suffering the consequences of her actions. The Hallmark Channel made an announcement that it’ll stop working with Loughlin, who frequently starred in the series “When Call the Heart.”
“We are saddened by the recent news surrounding the college admissions allegations,” the company said in a statement. “We are no longer working with Lori Loughlin and have stopped development of all productions that air on the Crown Media Family Network channels involving Lori Loughlin, including Garage Sale Mysteries, an independent third-party production.”
3:11 p.m. ET - Olivia’s now suffering from the actions of her mother. Sephora decided to get rid of Olivia Jade’s makeup products after the scandal went viral. The company released an official statement, saying, “After careful review of recent developments, we have made the decision to end the Sephora Collection partnership with Olivia Jade, effective immediately.”
March 12, 2019
8:28 p.m ET - TMZ reports that Lori Loughlin’s located in Vancouver and is traveling back to the U.S. At this point, her husband Mossimo was already arrested as well and released on a $1 million bond.
8:09 p.m ET - TMZ reports that Felicity Huffman’s been released the morning after her arrest, on a $250K bond. She handed her passport over to authorities.
Circa 4:00 p.m. ET - Lori deletes her Instagram:
12:39 p.m ET - A video was unearthed by People, of Olivia Jade talking about how she doesn’t care about actually going to class:
“I don’t know how much of school I’m gonna attend, but I’m gonna go in and talk to my deans and everyone and hope that I can try and balance it all. But I do want the experience of, like, game days, partying…I don’t really care about school, as you guys all know.”
10:13 a.m ET - Reports start coming in from NBC and The Hollywood Reporter, stating the details of the case. Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman, among 40 other people, were charged with conspiracy to commit mail and honest services fraud, after cheating their way into admitting their kids into university.
The involved parties paid millions of dollars to a man who’s located in California. Apparently, the individual runs a “business”, which helps a student cheat on standardized tests and get falsely recruited as athletes. Through this service, along with a hefty donation of $15,000, Huffman got her daughter admitted into college. The monetary contribution ensured that her daughter would be given “twice the amount of time to take the SAT as other students and the paid proctor agreed to secretly correct her answers afterward.”
Loughlin and her husband, on the other hand, had allegedly “agreed to pay bribes totaling $500,000 in exchange for having their two daughters designated as recruits to the USC crew team—despite the fact that they did not participate in crew—thereby facilitating their admission to USC.”
9:00 a.m. ET - ‘Fuller House’ star Felicity Huffman was arrested at her Hollywood Hills home. According to TMZ, 7 FBI agents “show up at her door Tuesday morning with guns drawn.” It was only 6 a.m. on the West Coast, and all of this went down while her husband, William H. Macy, and their two daughters were still sleeping.
All we have to say about this situation is, yikes... In most cases, we believe that time heals all wounds, but it seems like this situation just keeps escalating and getting worse with each day. But, we now live in the age of the Internet and this is our reality. Things don't blow over so easily anymore, especially when you have social media trolls constantly digging up dirt on you.
What do you guys think about this case? Are they getting rightfully punished, or is this too much? What do you think will happen in court? Let us know in the comments below!
Sources: Cosmopolitan, Cosmopolitan, Cosmopolitan, Cosmopolitan, Deadline, Cosmopolitan, Deadline, TMZ, USA Today, Cosmopolitan, Refinery29, TMZ, TMZ, People, NBC, Hollywood Reporter, ABC11, Hollywood Reporter, E Online