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Here’s how Lori Loughlin got her 2 influencer daughters with millions of followers who ‘didn’t really care about school’ into USC through an admissions scam, according to investigators

Here’s how Lori Loughlin got her 2 influencer daughters with millions of followers who ‘didn’t really care about school’ into USC through an admissions scam, according to investigators

  • The actress Lori Loughlin and the fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli were both charged Tuesday in a sweeping college-admissions scam in which prosecutors accuse them of paying bribes to get their two Instagram “influencer” daughters into a top school.
  • The couple paid $500,000 to have Isabella and Olivia Giannulli designated as recruits to the University of Southern California’s crew team, when neither daughter rowed crew, according to the charging documents.
  • The Giannulli daughters are both prominent figures on Instagram, where they have millions of followers, collectively.
  • Olivia Giannulli also has nearly 2 million subscribers on YouTube, where she often posts makeup and fashion videos and once said she didn’t “really care about school.”

The actress Lori Loughlin was charged Tuesday in a sweeping college-admissions scam that netted dozens of high-profile figures after prosecutors accused her of paying bribes to get her two Instagram “influencer” daughters into a top school under false pretenses.

According to the indictment, Loughlin and her husband, the fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, paid $500,000 in bribes for their two teenage daughters to be designated as recruits to the University of Southern California’s crew team — despite the fact that neither rowed crew.

An affidavit released by the Justice Department cited emails, mostly between Mossimo Giannulli and a cooperating witness, that prosecutors say showed the Giannullis plotting out how to get both daughters admitted to the prestigious school.

“We just met with [our older daughter’s] college counselor this am,” Giannulli wrote in an email, according to the documents. “I’d like to maybe sit with you after your session with the girls as I have some concerns and want to fully understand the game plan and make sure we have a roadmap for success as it relates to [our daughter] and getting her into a school other than ASU!”

Loughlin’s and Massimo Giannulli’s representatives did not immediately respond to INSIDER’s request for comment.

How prosecutors say Loughlin got her daughters into USC

Loughlin’s daughters, Isabella Giannulli and Olivia Giannulli, are both prominent social-media figures who have collectively garnered millions of followers on Instagram.

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Olivia and Isabella Giannulli pose in an Instagram photo.
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But Isabella Giannulli’s academic qualifications were “at or just below the ‘low end’ of USC’s admission standards,” according to an email sent from a cooperating witness to Massimo Giannulli, cited in the documents released Tuesday.

As a workaround, prosecutors say the Giannullis agreed to use bribes to help admit Isabella Giannulli as a crew coxswain — even using a picture of her on an indoor rowing machine. The coxswain on a rowing team typically doesn’t row, instead giving the team directions and steering.

Giannulli also agreed to make a “significant contribution” to the school’s intercollegiate athletic program, according to the affidavit.

Instead, the documents say, Mossimo Giannulli wired $200,000 to the fake nonprofit “Key Worldwide Foundation” and in turn received a receipt that falsely said “no goods or services were exchanged.” Roughly one year later, prosecutors say the Giannullis repeated the process for Olivia Giannulli.

On an October 2018 call, according to the documents, Giannulli was told to say their $400,000 donation went to a “foundation to help underserved kids.”

The daughters have millions of social-media followers, and their accounts are already flooded with angry comments

Olivia Giannulli has made a name for herself as a beauty guru on YouTube with nearly 2 million subscribers. She recently gave a public apology after receiving backlash for saying in a video she didn’t “really care about school.”

“I don’t know how much of school I’m going to attend,” she said in one August 14, 2018, video. “But I’m going go in and talk to my deans and everyone and hope that I can try and balance it all. But I do want the experience of, like, game days, partying, I don’t really care about school — as you guys all know.”

She posted a follow-up video titled “im sorry” two days later, conceding that her remarks were “super ignorant and stupid.”

“It totally came across that I’m not grateful for college — I’m going to a really nice school. And it just kind of made it seem like I don’t care, I just want to brush it off, I’m just going to be successful on YouTube and not have to worry about school,” Olivia Giannulli said in the video. “I’m really disappointed in myself. I’m not here to make excuses or whatever.”

Already, both daughters’ Instagram photos have been flooded with angry comments accusing them of bribing their way into college and sarcastically asking how “crew team” is going:

A screenshot of Olivia Giannulli’s latest Instagram post, where followers left angry comments referring to the college-admissions scandal.
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A screenshot shows angry comments left on Isabella Giannulli’s most recent Instagram photo in the wake of the college admissions scam accusations.
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Olivia Giannulli faced particular scrutiny after social-media users resurfaced her old Instagram photos revealing paid partnerships with top brands, including one with Amazon Prime Student. She did not immediately respond to INSIDER’s request for comment.

Olivia Giannulli posted an Instagram photo in September 2018 that doubled as an ad for Amazon Prime Student.
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Dozens of parents were charged in the scheme

Prosecutors said Tuesday that parents paid anywhere from $200,000 to $6.5 million between 2011 and 2019 to bribe coaches and college administrators to designate their children as athletes or alter their test scores to help them gain admission.

USC said in a statement that the school was conducting its own internal investigation and will review its admissions process, but did not mention whether it would take action against any students who have already been admitted through the alleged scam.

“The university is reviewing its admissions processes broadly to ensure that such actions do not occur going forward,” the statement said.

No students were charged in the scheme, and prosecutors said many of the students were not aware of the fraud. Regardless, US Attorney Andrew Lelling told reporters at a press conference that the scam was not a victimless crime.

“For every student admitted through this fraud, a legitimate, talented student was not accepted,” Lelling said.

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15 surprising things you didn’t know about the bizarre competition show ‘The Masked Singer’

15 surprising things you didn’t know about the bizarre competition show ‘The Masked Singer’

  • “The Masked Singer” is the buzzy new singing competition show on Fox.
  • On the show, the singers have secret identities and they perform while wearing costumes.
  • The series is based on a South Korean game show.

“The Masked Singer” is Fox’s new singing competition show that has celebrities conducting over-the-top musical performances complete with back-up dancers, choreography, and special lighting each week. The catch is that the competitors are dressed in elaborate costumes that hide their true identities, which will only be revealed when they are eliminated from the competition and are unmasked.

And it seems the over-the-top show has had people interested from the very first episode – it debuted to an audience of 9.37 million viewers, according to an Associated Press report.

Whether you’ve tuned in every week or haven’t seen a single episode, here are 15 things you probably didn’t know about “The Masked Singer.”


It’s based on a South Korean show.

The viral competition series isn’t an American original – it’s based off of on the South Korean show, “King of Masked Singer,” which premiered in 2015. The American series dresses contestants in full-body costumes whereas the South Korean series relies mostly on masks and oversized clothing.

The show was such a hit in South Korea that it has also been recreated in China, Vietnam, and Thailand, according to Fox.


Actor Ryan Reynolds was on the South Korean version of the show.

In 2018, as a part of his promotional circuit for “Deadpool 2,” Ryan Reynolds made an appearance on the Korean version of the show. Dressed in a unicorn mask and cape, Reynolds sang “Tomorrow” from the musical “Annie.” Of course, fans seemed to be really shocked when he took off the mask and revealed who he was.


Some staffers who used to work on “Dancing with the Stars” now work on “The Masked Singer.”

Perhaps part of the reason for the show’s pizzazz is that two “Dancing with the Stars” alumnus help bring it to life. Izzie Patrick Ibarra, an executive producer for “Masked Singer,” used to be an executive producer for “Dancing with the Stars.” Alex Rudzinski, who also works on the masked competition series, used to be a director for “Dancing with the Stars.”


The show is pre-recorded in front of a live studio audience.

Even though each episode may be new to viewers at home and the screaming audience on TV may make the show seem like it’s being recorded live, the performances are not actually happening in real-time, according to Entertainment Weekly. All of the episodes were pre-recorded in front of a live audience.


The contestants have an entire team that helps them with their routines.

Every competitor works with a team in order to prepare for their performance, which is especially useful because many of the contestants are not professional singers and performers,

In an interview with People, the show’s host Nick Cannon said contestants have access to voice coaches, choreographers, and a production team.


The contestants are accomplished in many different fields.

The contestants are not all professional singers, but that doesn’t mean they’re lacking in talent. According to Fox, the competitors have a collective 65 Grammy nominations, 16 multi-Platinum albums, 16 Emmy-Award nominations, four stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and four Super Bowl titles.


The contestants got to choose their own costume from a selection of 20 designs.

The costumes are all crafted by one designer, Marina Toybina. Toybina designed 20 costumes and each of the 12 celebrities chose the costume they most identified with, Izzie Patrick Ibarra, the show’s executive producer, told E! News.




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Some of the costumes’ designs have been influenced by movies.

“‘Donnie Darko’ and ‘Edward Scissorhands’ had a huge influence on the rabbit costume,” Toybina told the New York Times. She also said the costumes for the Lion and Unicorn were inspired by Narnia, the fantastical realm from the book and movie series “The Chronicles of Narnia.”


The costumes aren’t easy to wear, but some are a bit tougher to don than others.

Some costumes, like the one for the Hippo, were pretty easy to put together but the looks for the Unicorn and Raven took much longer to create.The costumes are also not easy to wear. For example, the Raven’s wings are 9-feet wide and very heavy, Ibirra told E! News.

The costumes also make it tough for competitors to see the audience. “They really cannot see very much. And that’s the most disarming thing for them is getting on stage,” Ibirra added.


In terms of judges, the show’s host thinks Ken Jeong is the worst guesser.

“Ken makes the worst guesses,”Cannon told People earlier this year. “The fact that he’s a doctor and super intelligent all of that goes out the window because he’s just throwing names out there. But it’s hilarious.”

He also said that, in terms of judges, Robin Thicke takes the show “extremely seriously” and he really listens to the voice to try to figure out if he recognises it.


Contestants wore masks during rehearsals and fittings.

On the set and during rehearsals,the contestants wore masks so even production people wouldn’t know their identity. And they rehearsed at different locations and arrived on set at different times during filming.

Margaret Cho, who was later revealed to be the Poodle, told E! that contestants had to wear balaclavas (ski masks) and big hoodies that say “Don’t Talk to Me!” whenever they arrived anywhere related to the show to add to the anonymity.


Even the contestants’ entourages had to go undercover.

With the prevalence of social media, some stars are as identifiable by their posse as they are by their faces, so each competitor’s friends, agents, and family had to wear masks any time they were on set.


Audience members were not allowed to have any electronics and they had to sign a special contract.

“Our studio audience is also under extreme scrutiny,” Cannon said in a behind-the-scenes video for the official “Masked Singer” YouTube channel. “They must sign contracts binding them to secrecy and all electronics are banned.”


After someone is eliminated, the big reveal doesn’t happen right away.

Although those watching on television see an immediate reveal, when the losing masked singer is announced, their mask isn’t instantly removed. According to Entertainment Weekly, the singer first goes backstage to touch up their hair and makeup so that they are camera-ready for the big unveiling.


Even when someone gets eliminated from the show, fellow competitors are not allowed to know who is under the mask.

Margaret Cho told E! News that when someone gets eliminated and is unmasked, the other contestants are not able to watch it happen live. Like viewers from home, they have to wait until the episodes air to figure out who is hiding in each costume.

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Tangerine dream! The Queen dazzles in bright orange at London’s Science Museum

Tangerine dream! The Queen dazzles in bright orange at London’s Science Museum

The Queen composed her first ever Instagram post this morning to share an image of a letter sent to her great-great grandfather, Prince Albert, by computing pioneer Charles Babbage.

She was met by dozens of cheering children who enthusiastically waved Union Jack flags as she arrived at the Science Museum in London‘s South Kensington today.

The monarch visited the museum to unveil its summer exhibition, ‘Top Secret’ and formally open the new Smith Centre.

To mark the occasion, she wrote her first ever post on Instagram for the official Royal Family’s social media page, and signed it off ‘Eilzabeth R’. 

The Queen was all smiles today as she arrived at an exhibition opening at London’s Science Museum – before composing her first ever Instagram post to mark the occasion 

The Queen wrote her first ever Instagram caption (pictured) to mark the visit to the museum

Using an iPad, she shared an image on the official royal family account of a letter from 19th century inventor and mathematician Charles Babbage to Prince Albert. 

Known as a pioneer of the computer, Babbage wrote to Albert in 1843 about his Analytical Engine, a machine which could perform calculations using punched cards and had a memory unit to store numbers.

Standing in the Science Museum’s new Smith Centre, the Queen was applauded after she shared the post on the royal Instagram account which was launched in 2013 and now has 4.6 million followers.

Using an iPad, she shared an image on the official royal family account of a letter from 19th century inventor and mathematician Charles Babbage to Prince Albert

She was met by dozens of cheering children who enthusiastically waved Union Jack flags as she arrived at the Science Museum in London’s South Kensington this morning

She wrote: ‘Today, as I visit the Science Museum I was interested to discover a letter from the Royal Archives, written in 1843 to my great-great-grandfather Prince Albert.

‘Charles Babbage, credited as the world’s first computer pioneer, designed the ‘Difference Engine’, of which Prince Albert had the opportunity to see a prototype in July 1843.

‘In the letter, Babbage told Queen Victoria and Prince Albert about his invention the ‘Analytical Engine’ upon which the first computer programmes were created by Ada Lovelace, a daughter of Lord Byron.

The royal wore a distinctly spring-like tangerine orange coat and hat over a green flowered dress. She accessorised with black gloves, her trademark low black heels and a black handbag

The Queen also sported a large brooch, a pearl necklace and pearl earrings. Her makeup was kept light and natural, with a rose-coloured lipstick setting the look off

‘Today, I had the pleasure of learning about children’s computer coding initiatives and it seems fitting to me that I publish this Instagram post, at the Science Museum which has long championed technology, innovation and inspired the next generation of inventors. Elizabeth R.’ 

The @theRoyalFamily’s Instagram account was set up in 2013 to share images and content of The Royal Family, their work, family celebrations and anniversaries and to invite interaction from followers across the world. To date, the account currently has 4.5 million followers. 

As part of the visit to the Science Museum,  the Queen also viewed iconic communications objects from throughout history, including an enigma machine and the computer on which the World Wide Web was created.

The Queen posted her first ever Tweet during a previous visit to the Science Museum 

The monarch visited the museum to unveil its currently under wraps summer exhibition, ‘Top Secret’ and formally open the new Smith Centre

A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: ‘The Queen has long been a supporter of digital communications tools, and she sent her first tweet during her last visit to the Science Museum in 2014.

‘In a similar act, The Queen launched the first British Monarchy web site in 1997. Her Majesty sent her first e-mail in 1976, during an engagement at a military base.

WHO WAS MATHEMATICIAN AND COMPUTER PIONEER CHARLES BABBAGE?

Charles Babbage was a mathematician, inventor and mechanical engineer who is credited as the first person to propose a programmable computing device.

He invented the first mechanical computer that eventually led to more complex electronic designs, though all the essential ideas of modern computers are to be found in Babbage’s original analytical engine. 

Born in London in 1781 and raised in Devon, Babbage became interested in mathematics as a child and went on to study at Cambridge.  After graduation, he was invited to lecture to the Royal Institution on calculus and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1816. 

Between 1813 and 1868 he published six full-length works and nearly ninety papers. 

In 1823 Babbage obtained government support to design of what he called the Difference Engine, a digital computing machine for the automatic production of mathematical tables. He never completed the full-scale machine and his government funding was stopped.

Babbage went on to propose an even more complex computing machine which he called the Analytical Engine, intended to be able to perform any arithmetical calculation; it is on this creation that his reputation as ‘the father of computers’ was built.

Babbage worked closely on the Analytical Engine with Ada Lovelace, daughter of the poet Lord Byron. Lovelace was the first to see that the machine had the potential computation beyond the numeric. The modern computer programming language ADA is named after her.

A large model of the Analytical Engine was under construction at the time of Babbage’s death in 1871 but a full-scale version was never built. 

Researchers are currently trying to fund the construction of the full-sized machine in time for the 150th anniversary of his death in 2021. 

Sources: Encyclopedia, Brittanica, BT Tech.  

‘There is a long association between The Queen and the Royal Family and Technology.’ 

The royal wore a distinctly spring-like tangerine orange coat and hat over a green flowered dress for the visit. She accessorised with black gloves, her trademark low black heels and a black handbag.

The Queen also sported a large brooch, a pearl necklace and pearl earrings. Her makeup was kept light and natural, with a rose-coloured lipstick setting the look off. 

Pupils from St Osmund’s School in Richmond were among those outside to greet the Queen as she arrived.

During her reign the Queen has encountered a rapidly-changing world of technology, from the advent of colour television to mobile phones and the internet.

Television cameras were allowed inside Westminster Abbey in 1953 to film her Coronation and more than half a million extra TV sets were sold in the weeks running up to the historic event.

Queen Elizabeth II leaves after announcing the summer exhibition, Top Secret

The Queen leaves the Science Museum after announcing its latest exhibition 

During her reign the Queen has encountered a rapidly-changing world of technology, from the advent of colour television to mobile phones and the internet

Five years later, she made the first trunk call in the UK and, when email technology was in its infancy, she became the first monarch to send one of the electronic messages – during a visit to an Army base in 1976.

The concept of video-sharing website YouTube was explained to her by Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie before she launched her own channel on the site in 2007 to promote the British monarchy.

Her own website, www.royal.gov.uk, was launched in 1997 during a visit to Kingsbury High School in Brent, north-west London.

Other technological milestones for the Queen include personally uploading a video on to YouTube during a visit to the Google offices in London in 2008, and in 2014 she posted her first tweet under her own name to declare the opening of the new Information Age Galleries. 

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Game of Thrones’ Lena Headey Slams Troll Who Tells Her She Needs to Wear Makeup: ‘Go F— Yourself’

Game of Thrones’ Lena Headey Slams Troll Who Tells Her She Needs to Wear Makeup: ‘Go F— Yourself’

Lena Headey isn’t going to let an online troll tell her how to live her life!

On Monday, the Game of Thrones star, 45, shared a video of herself rocking a makeup-free look, prompting a number of her followers to praise her “natural beauty.”

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However, one follower, in particular, didn’t have anything nice to say.

“Don’t record yourself without makeup again please,” the social media user wrote in the comment section of Headey’s video.

Headey, who plays the tough Cersei Lannister, in the beloved HBO series, fired back instantly.

“I shall continue to not wear make up. Go f— yourself,” Headey wrote.

Her response was applauded by a number of fans as they wrote, “Thank you for not feeling required to wear make up every waking moment! Remember you have done amazing things with that face.”

“Does he know that he is speaking to queen Cersei? Has he lost his sense of fear?” another fan wrote.

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Fellow Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke, who plays Daenerys Targaryen, also commented, “PREACH BEAUTIFUL WOMAN.”

In the clip, Headey can be heard raving over her upcoming film Fighting with My Family, which stars Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. 

“Go and f—ing see it,” Headey said of the movie, which premieres on Feb. 14.

Fighting with My Family follows a former wrestler and his family as they make a living off performing at small venues around the country.

While Headey anticipates the release of a new project, she is saying goodbye to another.

On April 14, the final season of Game of Thrones will air on HBO.

Last month, the network released an atmospheric teaser depicting Jon Snow (Kit Harington) grappling with his true parentage as he passes a statue of Lyanna Stark, his birth mother, in the Winterfell catacombs.

Sansa (Sophie Turner) and Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) join the man they thought was their half-brother (surprise, they’re cousins!), and icy air courses through the tunnel as it seems the White Walkers arrive.

Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister

Headey recently opened up to The Daily Beast, describing what it’s been like to say goodbye to her character after almost a decade and how she wants to prove she’s capable of other roles.

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“With Cersei, it’s been eight years, so that character is big in people’s minds, and now it’s over. That tiny TV show. People sort of forget the work previous, which is a very different thing,” Headey told The Daily Beast.

“I appreciate all that success, and if it brings with it the fact that people think that’s it, I’m very happy to show them differently.”

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