Lori Loughlin pleads not guilty to new charges in college admissions scandal
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Lori Loughlin and her husband are reportedly pleading not guilty to additional charges filed against them as part of the widespread college admissions scandal.

The 55-year-old former "Fuller House" star and husband Mossimo Giannulli, a fashion designer, filed documents in court Friday indicating that they're maintaining their innocence on charges to commit federal program bribery, according to The Associated Press


The U.S. attorney's office in Massachusetts announced the additional charges against Loughlin and 10 other parents last month, saying the families bribed employees of the University of Southern California to help facilitate their children's admission.

The federal government alleges Loughlin and Giannulli paid a dummy nonprofit $500,000 to get their two daughters into the school as part of a scheme that allegedly involved fraudulently classifying them as crew recruits.

The so-called Varsity Blues scandal — which was dubbed the “largest college admissions scam ever prosecuted by the Department of Justice” — saw more than 40 people accused of paying large amounts of money to ensure their children were admitted into colleges.

Another performer wrapped up in the scandal, former "Desperate Housewives" actress Felicity Huffman, pleaded guilty to mail fraud and honest services fraud charges in May. Huffman was released from federal prison in California last week after serving less than her two-week sentence.