Former “Desperate Housewives” star Felicity Huffman and actress Lori Loughlin, best known for playing Aunt Becky on “Full House,” are facing court appearances later this month related to allegations they participated in a college admissions cheating scheme. In the court of public opinion, however, it’s hard to say whether fans and Hollywood will, as Uncle Jesse says, “Have mercy.”
Loughlin, who faces felony conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud, is already feeling the adverse business effects of her alleged involvement in the scam. The Hallmark Channel on Thursday severed ties with the actress, who frequently appeared in their programs, including the “Garage Sale Mystery” TV movie series.
Her daughter, YouTube personality Olivia Jade Giannulli, has also lost a lucrative advertisement deal with Sephora.
Loughlin and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, are accused of paying $500,000 in bribes to designate their two daughters as recruits to the University of Southern California crew team, even though they did not participate in crew, according to court documents released Tuesday.
Huffman, meanwhile, is accused of paying $15,000 to a fake charity to facilitate cheating for her daughter on the SATs, the complaint says.
Representatives for Loughlin and Huffman declined to comment when contacted by BENGBENRO.
“There has been a tremendous amount of news coverage and expressed feelings by politicians and Hollywood celebrities themselves about income inequality, higher taxes on the rich and redistribution of wealth,” Susan Tellem, a senior partner at Tellem Grody PR with 40 years of crisis management experience, tells BENGBENRO NEWS. “Because of these recent discussions, it is likely that Hollywood figures may be judged more harshly then say five or ten years ago.”
The good news for Loughlin and Huffman, however, is that “the public has a short memory when it comes to their favorite celebrities,” Tellem says. Particularly those with whom audiences have fond, warm memories.
Loughlin’s reputation with viewers is an undoubtedly wholesome one. First known to most television viewers as plucky broadcaster Rebecca Donaldson on “Full House,” her character eventually married John Stamos’s Jesse Katsopolis — together forming an idyllic image of a young, happy couple.