As Lori Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli prepare to fight the charges against them in the ongoing college admissions scandal, a new report indicates that they’re struggling with the negative public perception.
The couple pleaded not guilty Monday to money laundering and mail fraud. The charges stem from their alleged involvement in the nationwide scam that demonstrated the lengths wealthy, status-seeking parents will go in order to secure their child a spot at a coveted university.
As they prepare for what comes next in their legal proceedings, a source tells People that the entire family is struggling with how they’re being viewed in the public eye.
“This is putting unspeakable stress on her and her family,” the insider told the outlet. “They’re having to play this all out publicly, and they’re fair game for jokes and memes, but also outraged [by] people who are saying that they are cheaters.”
The source added: “They’re being destroyed.”
Loughlin and Giannulli are accused of spending $500,000 each on daughters Isabella and YouTube star Olivia Jade to make it look like they were recruits on the University of Southern California’s crew team, despite never rowing in the sport.
The couple and more than a dozen other parents were hit last week with a money laundering conspiracy charge on top of the mail fraud conspiracy charge they were already facing. Several other indicted parents have also filed court documents entering not guilty pleas.