Cape Town – Lori Loughlin has reportedly hired a prison adviser should her trial take a turn for the worst.
The Fuller House star has pleaded not guilty to charges in the college admissions scandal. The 55-year-old and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, submitted their pleas for "conspiracy to commit federal program bribery" recently. This is on top of accusations that the couple allegedly paid $500 000 to admissions consultant and mastermind of the scandal, William "Rick" Singer, to help falsify that Loughlin's daughters were recruits for sports they hardly played to get them special admission consideration.
The not-guilty plea and the nature of the case could result in up to 45 years in prison for the actress if she is found guilty – so now, a source has revealed she's taking steps to prepare herself for the worst.
"She has someone who is advising her what to do in case she loses her case and goes to prison. The adviser is there to help her learn the ropes. That's not to be construed that she thinks she's going to lose her case. Lori is a planner, and she is doing what she needs to do for all contingencies," an insider told People.
"The whole point is to have someone tell her how to keep herself safe," the source added. "She needs to keep a low profile if she's incarcerated. Obviously, she's going to stand out, because of all the publicity and because she's a star. She can't do anything about that. But she doesn't want to stand out because she's so green that she does the wrong things.
"Table manners are different; social interactions are different. Here on the outside, eye contact is a good thing. You meet someone and you shake their hands and stare them in the eyes. In prison, you might not do that. You don't want to challenge someone," the source continued.
"Prison is a very different world than Hollywood, and Lori is just trying to be prepared. She's preparing for the worst, but hoping for the best."
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