Is Lori Loughlin really learning marital arts to prepare for prison? That’s the ridiculous claim in one of the tabloids. Gossip Cop can set the record straight.
“Desperate Lori Seeks Prison Survival Tips!” reads a headline in the latest issue of the National Enquirer. An alleged insider tells the magazine, “Lori’s resigning herself to the reality that she may be doing some serious time,” and is seeking “real survivor skills” should she go to prison.
The Full House star and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, face up to 50 years behind bars for their alleged role in the college admission cheating scandal. The spouses are being accused of paying $500,000 to help get their daughters admitted into the University of Southern California. They’ve been charged with bribery, fraud and money laundering.
“Lori’s learning martial arts to make sure nobody messes with her,” adds the supposed source. “She knows her celebrity will make her a target behind bars, and she wants to be ready to rumble.” The suspicious tipster goes on to say that Loughlin has been consulting with “former jailbirds” about how to act behind bars. “Lori is realizing that her time may be running out. She doesn’t want to be unprepared.”
There’s a whole lot here that doesn’t make sense. For starters, Loughlin has pleaded not guilty to every charge against her, and the actress’s case hasn’t even gone to trial yet. At this point in time, Loughlin is likely working with her defense team to avoid prison altogether. It’s illogical to believe she’s “preparing” for prison when she hasn’t been convicted and is maintaining her innocence.
Additionally, if Loughlin does get prison time, she’s not going to be behind bars alongside violent offenders. The actress’s fellow prisoners will be individuals who were also involved in white collar crimes and non-violent offenses. Felicity Huffman served her time in such a prison earlier this year. Loughlin isn’t going to need martial arts training to “survive.”
Gossip Cop also checked in with a source close to the actress, who tells us the tabloid’s report is made up. That’s not surprising considering the vast amount of fiction the Enquirer has printed about this case. Earlier this month, for example, the magazine wrongly reported that Loughlin was hiding all of her money in anticipation of going to prison.
Shortly before that, Gossip Cop busted the magazine for falsely claiming Loughlin was faking a deadly illness to avoid prison time. Prior to that, the outlet made up a story about Loughlin turning her prison experience into a book and a movie to earn millions. The publication knows nothing about the actress’s personal life, legal troubles or how she’s handling her case.
Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.