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Loughlin girl tells of college scandal


Full House star Lori Loughlin

Full House star Lori Loughlin

Full House star Lori Loughlin

Actress Lori Loughlin's daughter Olivia Jade Giannulli has broken her silence on the US college admissions scandal that saw her mother and fashion designer father jailed.

Loughlin, best-known for playing Aunt Becky in sitcom Full House, admitted paying $500,000 (€414,000) to get Olivia Jade and her 22-year-old sister, Isabella, into university.

She and her husband Mossimo Giannulli are behind bars for their part in the scandal that shocked the US last year.

Giannulli, a 21-year-old social media influencer, appeared on Facebook Watch show Red Table Talk with host Jada Pinkett Smith, the host's mother Adrienne Banfield-Jones and daughter Willow Smith.

Pinkett Smith, the wife of Hollywood star Will Smith, admitted her mother objected to Giannulli appearing on the show because of her privileged position as the daughter of celebrities.

"I'm not trying to victimise myself. I don't want pity. I don't deserve pity," Giannulli said, apologising for her family's part in the scandal.

"We messed up. I just want a second chance to be like, 'I recognise I messed up'.

"For so long I wasn't able to talk about this because of the legalities behind it."

Giannulli, who lost brand deals and left the University of Southern California following the controversy, said she did not realise her parents were breaking the law.

"What's so important to me is to learn from the mistake, not to be shamed and punished and never given a second chance," she said.

Loughlin (56) started a two-month sentence at a California prison in October and is due for release within weeks.

Mossimo (57) began his five-month sentence last month.

Dozens of prominent people, including actress Felicity Huffman, were prosecuted for their roles in the scandal, which was dubbed Operation Varsity Blues.

Well-off parents were found to be paying hefty bribes to get their children into elite universities.