Fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, husband of actress Lori Loughlin, was released from a California prison shortly before serving his five-month sentence for conspiracy in the college admissions scandal.
According to his inmate records, he will remain under the supervision of a residential reentry facility in Long Beach until April 17. A source familiar with the matter told the Associated Press that Giannulli was released on Friday and will serve the final weeks of his sentence at home. lockdown.
Giannulli had been serving time for his role in the college admissions scandal, which caught dozens of wealthy parents who allegedly paid millions of dollars to a life coach who guaranteed their children places in elite schools. In August, Giannulli received his sentence after pleading guilty to conspiracy charges. He and Loughlin were accused of spending $ 500,000 in bribes to get their daughters into the University of Southern California under false pretenses, and they even arranged photos to look like successful candidates for the rowing team. Loughlin was sentenced to two months in prison for her involvement.
A Netflix documentary series about the scandal, Operation Varsity Blues, came out earlier this year, prompting a response from Giannulli and Loughlin’s daughter, Olivia Jade. The influencer posted a TikTok last week about being “publicly embarrassed,” prompting a backlash.
While the reason for Giannulli’s early release is unclear, this year the Justice Department has accelerated the release of more inmates and increased home confinement options to help slow the spread of the coronavirus, particularly in low-cost prisons security. BuzzFeed News has reached out to the Federal Bureau of Prisons and the Long Beach facility overseeing Giannulli’s home confinement.
In January, Giannulli was denied applications to serve the remainder of his term at home. Judge Nathaniel Gorton wrote in an order on January 26 that his decision to deny the request for an early release was to send a clear message to privileged inmates that they cannot “circumvent the law.”
“This Court … determined that a 5-month sentence is appropriate because it serves, among other things, to dissuade and dissuade others who, like Giannulli, believe that because they can afford it, they can disobey the law,” he added. Gorton’s order.
According to court documents, Giannulli spent 56 days in isolation while incarcerated after people in his unit tested positive for COVID-19, and he also experienced symptoms of COVID-19.