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By Janelle Griffith
The fallout has begun for Olivia Jade Giannulli, whose mother, Lori Loughlin, was charged this week in a college admissions scandal. Beauty retailer Sephora announced on Thursday it is ending its partnership with the social media influencer.
“After careful review of recent developments, we have made the decision to end the Sephora Collection partnership with Olivia Jade, effective immediately,” Sephora told NBC News in a statement.
Giannulli, 19, is a YouTube star and was a collaborator and paid influencer with Sephora. She released a bronzing powder palette with Sephora in December 2018. The $28, six-color Olivia Jade x Sephora Collection Bronze & Illuminate Palette was no longer available on Sephora’s website Thursday. A search of the palette returns a message saying the product is not carried.
Giannulli is in her first year at the University of Southern California.
Loughlin, best known for her role in the 1980s-90s sitcom “Full House,” was one of dozens of people charged this week in connection to a $25 million college admissions scheme for allegedly paying bribes to get her daughter accepted to USC.
Federal prosecutors allege she and her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, agreed to pay bribes totaling $500,000 to bolster their two daughters’ chances of gaining admission to USC.
Loughlin was released on $1 million bond on Wednesday after surrendering to federal authorities.
Giannulli was spending spring break in the Bahamas on a top USC official’s yacht when federal authorities announced indictments in the scheme Tuesday.
Giannulli was on Rick Caruso’s luxury yacht with his daughter Gianna, with whom she has been friends with for years, Caruso confirmed to NBC News.
Caruso was elected as chair of the university’s board of trustees in May 2018 and is the founder and owner of Caruso’s, one of the country’s largest privately held real estate companies, whose holdings include The Grove in Los Angeles.
Once they became aware of the investigation, Caruso said the women returned home.
A USC spokesman said applicants who are connected to the scheme will be denied admission and a case-by-case review will be conducted for students who are already enrolled at the university and may be connected to the criminal investigation.
“We will make informed, appropriate decisions once those reviews have been completed,” the spokesman said. “Some of these individuals may have been minors at the time of their application process.”