Lori Loughlin Makes First Red Carpet Appearance Since College Admissions Scandal

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Lori Loughlin is back on the red carpet.

The former ‘Fuller House’ star attended her first event since the college admissions scandal in 2019. On Saturday, the 57-year-old appeared at the 2022 DesignCare Gala for the HollyRod Foundation in Los Angeles, Calif. .

The foundation, led by Holly Robinson Peete and her husband Rodney Peete, aims to help families whose loved ones have been diagnosed with autism or Parkinson’s disease.

Lori Loughlin attending the 2022 DesignCare Gala Benefiting The HollyRod Foundation at RJ's Place Vocational and Family Support Services Center on June 18, 2022 in Los Angeles, California.
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Lori Loughlin attending the 2022 DesignCare Gala Benefiting The HollyRod Foundation at RJ’s Place Vocational and Family Support Services Center on June 18, 2022 in Los Angeles, California.
(Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)

For the occasion, the actress wore a long-sleeved blue dress paired with strappy heels and a matching shimmering silver clutch. Loughlin completed her look with highlighted braids parted in the middle. The “Full House” alum was all smiles for the photographers.

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Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli were arrested in March 2019 for their involvement in the college admissions scandal. They were among the most high-profile defendants charged in the scheme, which exposed how far some wealthy parents will go to get their children into elite universities. Authorities say parents funneled bribes through a fake charity run by an admissions consultant to get their children into top schools with fake sports credentials or test scores rigged.

The famous couple admitted in May 2020 to paying $500,000 to get their two daughters into the University of Southern California as crew recruits, even though neither girl was a rower. Their guilty plea was a stunning reversal for the couple, whose lawyers had insisted for a year on innocence and accused investigators of fabricating evidence against them.

(LR) Holly Robinson Peete and Lori Loughlin were all smiles for photographers.

(LR) Holly Robinson Peete and Lori Loughlin were all smiles for photographers.
(Photo by Phillip Faraone/Getty Images for The HollyRod Foundation)

The only public comments Loughlin or Giannulli, 59, have made on the case since their arrest came during their sentencing hearings. Loughlin, who rose to fame for her role as Aunt Becky on the sitcom ‘Full House’, told the judge her actions ‘contributed to exacerbating existing inequalities in society’ and pledged to do whatever was right. in his power to use his experience as a “catalyst to do good.”

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Loughlin received two months in jail, a $150,000 fine, and 150 hours of community service. Giannulli was sentenced to five months in prison, a $250,000 fine and 250 hours of community service.

Lori Loughlin rose to fame for her role as wholesome Aunt Becky on the sitcom "Full house."

Lori Loughlin rose to fame for her role as Aunt Becky on the sitcom “Full House.”
(Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)

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Loughlin began her prison term in October 2020. She was released in December of the same year. Giannulli was incarcerated in federal prison in November 2020 and released from home isolation in May 2021.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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