As Lori Loughlin begins her public return to the more respectable side of Hollywood society last week, she couldn’t have asked for a better opportunity than to be photographed with actor LeVar Burton, the longtime host of PBS’s Emmy-winning children’s literacy show . Rainbow reading. ,
The opportunity for the infamous “Full House” star to connect with well-known Burton arrived on Monday, apparently courtesy of Loughlin’s Hallmark Channel collaborator, Holly Robinson Peet. Loughlin, the public face of the college admissions scandal, joins Burton and the even more famous Magic Johnson to celebrate Pete receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Pete is also known for his work with Mr. Cooper on “Hangin'” and “21 Jump Street”.
At Pete’s Walk of Fame event, 57-year-old Loughlin was all smiles for photographers as she wore a white ensemble. After serving two months in federal prison in 2020, he is still on two years of supervised release.
When Johnson spoke at the star dedication ceremony, Loughlin, famous for playing healthy Aunt Becky in “Full House,” was photographed sitting next to Burton. Along with his long career, Burton has also earned a good label.
The 65-year-old shot a memorable turn in the Star Trek universe playing Kunta Kinte in the famous 1970s TV series “Roots,” playing Geordi La Forge on “Star Trek: The Next Generation.” He has also won Grammy and NAACP Image Awards, as well as a Peabody for executive producing an episode of “Reading Rainbow,” engaging and uplifting educational material for children. Most recently, Burton called Alex Trebek “Joopardy!” was a top contender to succeed as host. And he served as Grand Marshal of the 2022 Rose Parade in Pasadena.
To be able to socialize publicly with Burton and Johnson, Loughlin appears to have a good friend in Pete, who was probably responsible for Loughlin’s other notable red carpet moment this week. Loughlin attended the DesignCare 2022 Gala for the Holyrood Foundation in Los Angeles. The nonprofit is led by Pete and her husband, Rodney Peet, and aims to help the families of loved ones who have been diagnosed with autism or Parkinson’s disease.
The gala marked Loughlin’s first red carpet moment since March 2019. This was when she and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, were arrested and charged with paying a $500,000 bribe to get their less-deserving daughters, Olivia Jade and Isabella Giannulli. Crew was fraudulently admitted to the University of Southern California on the pretext of being a talented athlete on the team.
Loughlin and Giannulli were the two highest-profile defendants in a nationwide bribery scheme that revealed how long some wealthy parents would go to to get their children into elite universities.
For more than a year, Loughlin and Giannulli insisted they were innocent of the charges, expressed apprehension they were the targets of malicious prosecution and claimed they would be upheld at trial. But in a surprising reversal, they agreed to accept their guilt in May 2020.
He was sentenced to federal prison: Loughlin received two months, and Giannulli received five months. Loughlin served his term at the Federal Correctional Institution in Dublin, and was released just after Christmas in 2020. She will be on supervised release until December 2022, during which time she will need special permission to travel outside the larger Los Angeles area for work or pleasure.
Over the past year, Loughlin has also resumed work. While Hallmark Channel broke up with Loughlin following the breakup of the college admissions scandal, she has been able to reprise her role as Abigail Stanton, first seen in the Hallmark series, “When Calls the Heart”, a spinoff. The series was made into two episodes, “When Hope Calls”, which was produced by another network.
Loughlin did not say anything publicly about his role in the scandal, except when he was sentenced. She said she was “sorry” for the “horrible decision” she had made in allowing herself to be “swept by my moral compass”.
Loughlin said she finally understood that her decision helped exacerbate existing inequalities in society, and especially in the higher education system. The actor said she can only “take responsibility and move on,” explaining that she has “a lot of faith in God” and redemption.
“I will do everything in my power to redeem myself and use this experience as a catalyst to do good,” she said.