Bette Midler took a shot at Lori Loughlin over her involvement in the ongoing college application scandal.
Midler addressed the former star "Fuller House" after she and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, revealed that they plan to plead not guilty to new federal bribery charges. The "Hocus Pocus" actress suggested that because of her celebrity, Loughlin can expect a light sentence.
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“Lori Laughlin [sic] has pleaded guilty to new charges for the college. She really has to start panicking for the judge to put her away for … oh, I don't know … hours! " Means wrote .
Although not mentioned by name, the jab could also be a reference to actress Felicity Huffman, who served 11 days in jail for 14 days for her role in the infamous scam ring. Huffman acknowledged that he paid a proctor to correct his eldest daughter's response to SAT. She considered the same for her younger daughter, but finally decided against it. In addition to 14 days in jail, Huffman was also given one year of probation, ordered to perform 250 hours of community service and pay a $ 30,000 fine. Many were quick to conclude that Huffman's punishment seemed easy given her crimes.
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Loughlin and her husband, meanwhile, are accused of arranging a total collective payment of $ 500,000 to scam mastermind William "Rick" Singer to have his daughters recruited to USC as a team athlete, even though they never rowed in the sport.
The Justice Department announced that the couple, along with nine other parents, were indicted on federal bribery charges. A Boston jury indicted parents on charges of trying to bribe officials at an organization that receives at least $ 10,000 in federal funds. In this case, they are charged with having paid to have their children admitted to the University of Southern California.
The couple also waived their right to perform at a 20-year event.
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The charge of conspiracy to commit federal programming has a maximum penalty of up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $ 250,000. The pair was hit earlier with further charges of money laundering and conspiracy that could land them behind bars for 40 years if convicted of all of them. Prosecutors are pushing those who have not pleaded guilty to the college admissions scandal to admit their guilt.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.