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Hallmark Drops Lori Loughlin Projects Amid College Bribery Scandal

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There’s more fallout from the recent college bribery scandal for Lori Loughlin. Hallmark announced Thursday that it is no longer working with the actress and producer.
The announcement followed Loughlin’s indictment Wednesday, per THR. She was arrested that day and charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud, CNN reported. She and husband Mossimo Giannulli allegedly paid $500,000 to help their two daughters gain spots at USC by posing as crew recruits when neither rowed.
Hallmark Cards, Inc. wrote in a statement that it is “saddened by the recent news surrounding the college admissions allegations.” The company owns Crown Media Family Networks, which includes the Hallmark Channel. Loughlin has starred in numerous TV movies on the network, as well as the series “When Calls the Heart.” The company said it has now stopped development on all projects she was involved with. Meanwhile, “When Calls the Heart” will not air on Sunday and the network said it is “evaluating all creative options,” per THR.
Loughlin and Giannulli have both been released on bail. They are among more than 50 people who were named in the scandal. The group includes other wealthy parents of college students, such as actress Felicity Huffman, as well as college coaches and officials.
[via: THR]

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