Published: Fri, March 15, 2019

Hallmark Ditches Lori Loughlin After Alleged College Cheating Scam

Hallmark Ditches Lori Loughlin After Alleged College Cheating Scam

Actors Dave Coulier (L) and Lori Loughlin speak onstage during the 2016 TV Land Icon Awards at The Barker Hanger on April 10, 2016 in Santa Monica, California. She starred in the network's period drama "When Calls the Heart", beginning in 2014 and regularly appeared on "Garage Sale Mysteries", a series of crime drama flicks made for television, along with a number of Christmas movies for the channel. Asked about Hallmark's success, Crown Media CEO Bill Abbott told The Washington Post that in an "undeniably contentious" national environment, "we are a place you can go and feel good". "We are no longer working with Lori Loughlin and have stopped development of all productions that air on the Crown Media Family Network channels involving Lori Loughlin including Garage Sale Mysteries, an independent third party production".

Hallmark's announcement follows an earlier one from LVMH's Sephora beauty chain, which said it was ending its partnership with Loughlin's daughter, Olivia. The company said it has severed its relationship with Loughlin.

Loughlin and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, are among dozens of parents accused of securing their children's college admission with bribes and falsified exams.

Loughlin has not yet entered a plea in the case, and her attorney declined comment Wednesday after her first appearance in a Los Angeles federal court.

Apart from travelling to the Vancouver area, the actor is only allowed to move within the continental U.S. She will have to surrender her passport in November, when her projects are expected to wrap. That show has been renewed for a fifth and final season and word is that Loughlin has already filmed her scenes for that show. According to multiple reports, the actress landed at LAX on Tuesday during her husband's court hearing.

Loughlin is charged with mail fraud and honest service mail fraud in the alleged bribery scheme. They were booked and released on bail set at $1 million each for allegedly paying a college consultant company $500,000 to ensure their two daughters would be accepted to the University of Southern California as athletic recruits. It was not clear if their other daughter, Isabella, has attended the university. She appeared in Los Angeles federal court Tuesday looking visibly exhausted, before posting $250,000 bail and surrendering her passport. A federal investigation into the matter - dubbed "Operation Varsity Blues" - has been ongoing for more than a year.

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