Rob Lowe Throws Shade at Alleged College Admissions Scam: 'Very Proud of My Hardworking Sons'
"Very proud of my honest, hardworking sons," Rob Lowe tweeted
Rob Lowe is one proud papa.
Not long after actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman were among dozens charged in an alleged college admissions cheating scam involving elite colleges and universities on Tuesday, the actor weighed in on the scandal — and threw some shade while doing it.
“Very proud of my honest, hardworking sons,” Rob, 54, tweeted in reply to his son John’s tweet. (Rob also shares son Matthew, 26 — who attended Duke University — with wife Sheryl Berkoff.)
Early Monday afternoon, John, 24, first addressed the shocking scandal on Twitter, where he spoke about his own experience preparing for college applications.
“I studied for MONTHS for the SAT. Twice, sometimes three times a week. Tons of practice tests. Ended up taking the SAT multiple times as well. College apps were no joke… the amount of stress kids put into that to potentially lose a spot to someone unfairly is horrible,” John began.
“And let me say: I’m incredibly grateful that I had the privilege and opportunity to have a tutor and to afford practice test programs. A lot of kids don’t. And to think of them losing their chance at their dream school to someone undeserving is really, really gross,” he continued.
John concluded by sharing a family photo that was captured at his graduation at Stanford University. (It appears he graduated in June 2018.)
“Still proud of this achievement,” he wrote. “Happy for everyone out there who earned their accomplishments…and really sad for those who were never allowed the opportunity.”
Actor James Van Der Beek also chimed in on the alleged crimes and tweeted, “If only there was a succinct turn of phrase these kids could have used to inform their parents they were not desirous of their life path…”
Federal court records unsealed Tuesday in Boston named 50 people who have been allegedly indicted as part of the nationwide scheme, according to a release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Massachusetts. Universities involved included Yale, Georgetown, the University of Southern California and Stanford.
“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 says.
Huffman allegedly gave $15,000 “to participate in the college entrance exam cheating scheme on behalf of her oldest daughter,” the indictment states.
Loughlin allegedly gave $500,000 to have her children designated as crew team recruits, when they had never rowed, the indictment states.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office and the FBI alleged in the indictment that the alleged scheme helped students gain acceptance to top schools by helping them cheat on college exams.
The documents say actress Loughlin — best known for her role as Aunt Becky on the ABC sitcom Full House — and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, “agreed to pay bribes totaling $500,000 in exchange for having their two daughters designated as recruits to the USC crew team — despite the fact that they did not participate in crew — thereby facilitating their admission to USC.”
Federal agents obtained emails from Loughlin allegedly implicating her in the scam, according to the documents.
Reps for Huffman and Loughlin did not immediately return calls by PEOPLE for comment.