| March 14, 2019 08:48 AM
Actress Lori Loughlin’s daughter Olivia Jade Giannulli was spending her spring break on a yacht of a top University of Southern California official Tuesday evening, the same day Loughlin was charged in a college admissions bribery scandal.
According to TMZ, Giannulli was on the chairman of USC’s Board of Trustees’ yacht in the Bahamas for spring break on Tuesday night, but has since departed in light of the investigation. The chairman, Rick Caruso, said Giannulli was on the yacht with his daughter Gianna and several other friends.
“My daughter and a group of students left for spring break prior to the government’s announcement yesterday,” Caruso told TMZ. “Once we became aware of the investigation, the young woman decided it would be in her best interests to return home.”
Loughlin, known for her role in “Full House,” was listed in the court documents unsealed Tuesday as one of the people charged in the college admissions bribery scandal. The complaint claims that Loughlin and her husband paid $500,000 in bribes to university officials to secure spots for their daughters at the University of Southern California.
Loughlin surrendered to federal authorities on Wednesday, according to FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller. She was later released on a $1 million bond.
According to Caruso, those at the university involved in the scandal were terminated.
“The charges filed today against employees of USC are disturbing and the alleged activity is absolutely wrong,” Caruso said. “I am saddened that these people would abuse their positions of trust and, as the government has alleged, victimize USC in the process. There is no option other than zero tolerance for this type of behavior. As a result, USC has fired the alleged wrongdoers.”
Correction: In a previous version of this story, the Washington Examiner reported Loughlin’s daughter’s name was Olivia Jade and that she was on the yacht the day Loughlin surrendered to authorities, but her name is Olivia Jade Giannulli and she was on the yacht the day her mother was charged in the scandal. The Washington Examiner regrets these errors.