Olivia Jade, a popular YouTuber with nearly 2 million subscribers, is suddenly at the center of massive controversy, and even legal trouble, after her mother, actress Lori Loughlin, allegedly paid bribes of $500,000 to get her daughter into a prestigious college.
Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli allegedly paid to have their two daughters labeled as USC crew team recruits, even though neither of them are rowers.
To make matters worse, freshman Olivia Jade had been on board the Invictus, a luxury super yacht owned by Rick Caruso, the chairman of the board of trustees of USC. She also worked with beauty retailer Sephora on numerous occasions to promote its products, attend events and collaborate on the Olivia Jade x Sephora Collection Bronze & Illuminate Palette.
The biggest college admissions scam ever prosecuted in the USA is a harsh reminder that wealthy families can cheat their way to even greater privilege.
Neither Olivia Jade or any of the other students who may have benefited from the alleged scheme have been charged in the federal case. Olivia Jade Giannulli, 19, has 1.9 million YouTube followers and 1.3 million Instagram followers, and regularly posts about life in university, as well as sponsored content and make-up tutorials. On Thursday afternoon, the Hallmark Channel announced it too was severing ties over the high-profile scandal.
A representative for Olivia Giannulli could not immediately be reached for comment.
Following news of the scandal, a video of Olivia, who has almost two million Youtube subscribers, discussing how she only had interest in going to college to attend parties began circulating the web.
"Olivia and Isabella's personalities were always very different from their parents", the source said. But I do want the experience of like game days, partying...
Reportedly, the Giannulli girls never really wanted to go to USC, and only wanted to attend college because of the social atmosphere.
The Stanford case is notable because it is among the country's most prestigious and selective universities, admitting just 4.3 percent of its applicants a year ago.
Stanford University has fired head sailing coach John Vandemoer, who pleaded guilty Tuesday to racketeering conspiracy.
She later apologized, saying, "I said something super ignorant and stupid, basically".