Lori Loughlin & Felicity Huffman Sued By Outraged Mother Over College Cheating Scandal
In the aftermath of the college admissions cheating scandal, Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman are facing a lawsuit by an outraged mother whose son, she claims, did not get into the school of his choice because of the cheating scandal.
Jennifer Kay Toy, a teacher who previously taught in the Oakland Unified School District, filed the class-action suit in San Francisco County Superior Court on March 13. She says her son worked hard for a 4.2 GPA but was denied entrance to some of the schools involved with the college admission cheating scandal. She is suing the defendants for emotional distress, civil conspiracy and fraud, according to the suit.
“I’m [out]raged and hurt because I feel that my son, my only child, was denied access to a college not because he failed to work and study hard enough but because wealthy individuals felt… it was ok to lie, cheat, steal and bribe their children’s way into a good college,” Toy stated.
According to the U.S. Attorney’s office in Massachusetts, Loughlin, Loughlin’s husband Mossimo Giannulli, and Huffman were part of a group of 50 people who engaged in the cheating scandal.
Huffman is said to have paid $15,000 in a scheme to boost her daughter’s SAT scores. She was released on a $250,000 bond after her arrest on Tuesday and appeared in a Los Angeles court on Friday.
In Loughlin’s case, it was reported that her daughter Olivia Jade Giannulli was on a yacht of a USC Board of Trustees when her mom was accused in the scheme.
Olivia had previously showed a lacked commitment to education. “I don’t know how much of school I’m gonna attend,” Olivia once said on her YouTube channel. “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.”
In a video following up, she attempted at an apology.
“I said something super ignorant and stupid, basically,” Giannulli admitted in the video. “And it totally came across that I’m ungrateful for college — I’m going to a really nice school. And it just kind of made it seem like I don’t care, I just want to brush it off. I’m just gonna be successful at YouTube and not have to worry about school. I’m really disappointed in myself.”
Both videos have recently been removed from her channel.