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who have become the faces of the bombshell story, after it was revealed Tuesday that Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman allegedly paid thousands of dollars to fake test scores and disguise their children as athletes in order to gain access to prestigious schools.” data-reactid=”11″ type=”text”>But it’s two TV stars who have become the faces of the bombshell story, after it was revealed Tuesday that Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman allegedly paid thousands of dollars to fake test scores and disguise their children as athletes in order to gain access to prestigious schools.
And that’s the downside of fame, experts say. “Although there were (more than 30) parents involved, they’re the two that are going be the face of it again and again and again. And that’s the price you pay for being in Hollywood,” says crisis-management expert Howard Bragman, CEO of La Brea Media.
But will their careers survive the storm? First, a look back at their alleged crimes.
How we got here
Federal prosecutors allege Huffman spent $15,000 on a cheating scheme to aid her daughter’s SAT test-taking, according to the investigation. Ultimately “Huffman’s daughter scored 1420 on the SAT, an improvement of approximately 400 points over her PSAT” she’d taken a taken a year earlier, according to the affidavit.
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And Loughlin, who was charged alongside her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, allegedly paid bribes totaling $500,000 “in exchange for having their two daughters designated as recruits to the University of Southern California crew team, despite the fact they did not participate in crew, thereby facilitating their admission to USC.”
As a chorus of indignation grows, are their careers over?
Actually, most image experts say no. But first, both actresses have some explaining to do.
It’s just that they probably can’t say much.
“Their criminal lawyers are saying, ‘Shut up, don’t say anything, don’t talk to anybody,'” Bragman says. “And that’s the best advice, although I’m sure they want to talk and they want to say, ‘We thought we were doing what’s best for our kids and we made a mistake.’”
In court, their lawyers could take a variety of stand