Lori Loughlin was filmed saying that she couldn't comment on her alleged involvement in the scandal

By Helen Murphy
March 31, 2019 06:07 PM
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Lori Loughlin broke her silence on her alleged involvement in the alleged nationwide college admissions cheating scandal.

TMZ posted a video of actress, 54, as she was leaving a yoga class in Los Angeles on Saturday. In the video, Loughlin dodges questions about the scandal.

“I’m sorry, I can’t talk to you,” she said. “You can follow me around all day if you want, but I just can’t comment right now. But thank you for your time.”

She remained calm as the cameraman asked her, “Are you afraid of going to prison? Do you think you’ll re-establish your relationship with your daughters?”

Loughlin thanked the cameraman after he said he wished the best for her. “You have a beautiful day, thank you so much, thanks honey,” she replied.

Carrying a yoga mat and tan purse, the actress wore a pink athletic long sleeve top and grey leggings and accessorized with a pink visor and sunglasses that partially hid her face.

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The video comes days after Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli were spotted out for the first time since their indictment and arrest.

The couple was photographed in Orange County, California, on Thursday. Loughlin and Giannulli, 55, appeared tense as they sat and talked outside.

A source told PEOPLE that Loughlin, Giannulli and their daughters Olivia Jade, 19, and Isabella Rose, 20, were “laying low” at their house in Bel Air, California, in the wake of the scandal.

Loughlin and the fashion designer are set to appear in court on Wednesday to face a felony charge of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud.

“They can’t wait for the court hearing next week to be done with,” the source said. “It’s very hard for them to think about other things right now.”

“They are both feeling very stressed out,” the source added.

Mossimo Giannulli and Lori Loughlin
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Loughlin and Giannulli are among a list of 50 people who have been indicted as part of an alleged nationwide scheme, according to a release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Massachusetts.

“Dozens of individuals involved in a nationwide conspiracy that facilitated cheating on college entrance exams and the admission of students to elite universities as purported athletic recruits were arrested by federal agents in multiple states and charged in documents unsealed on March 12, 2019, in federal court in Boston,” the release said.

The indictment alleges the couple “agreed to pay bribes totaling $500,000 in exchange for having their two daughters designated as recruits to the University of Southern California crew team — despite the fact that they did not participate in crew — thereby facilitating their admission to USC.” (Neither Olivia or Isabella are listed on the USC women’s rowing roster.)

Olivia Jade Giannulli, Lori Loughlin and Isabella Rose Giannulli
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A source recently told PEOPLE that many of the couple’s friends have been distancing themselves from them.

“Lori and Mossimo are finding out quickly who their real friends are,” the insider said. “It’s not like they are the victims of a crime. They are the crime.”

“Many of their friends don’t want to be associated with them right now,” the source added. “Their friends are shocked at the allegations.”

A second source told PEOPLE that those who know Loughlin were deeply upset to learn of her alleged involvement in the crime.

“Lori has always been a no-nonsense, seemingly together woman who knows what she wants and goes for it with zest,” said the source. “She exudes both confidence and folksy charm at the same time. This issue is shocking and greatly saddens many people. I’ve heard she is devastated, and the whole family wants to hide from the world.”