Officials say the actresses were involved in the nation’s largest-ever college admissions bribery case prosecuted by the Justice Department.
Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman continue to face fallout from a sweeping college admissions scheme after a furious California mother filed a multi-billion dollar lawsuit against the actresses and other elites.
Jennifer Kay Toy, a former Oakland school teacher, filed a $500 billion (yep, with a B!) class action lawsuit Wednesday against defendants named in “Operation Varsity Blues,” claiming “legitimate applicants to colleges were denied access due to the illegal activities.”
In the lawsuit, Toy said her son Joshua wasn’t admitted to several universities where the massive cheating scandal took place, despite having a 4.2 grade point average.
“I’m outraged and hurt because I feel that my son, my only child, was denied access to a college not because he failed to work and study hard enough but because wealthy individuals felt that it was OK to lie, cheat, steal and bribe their children’s way into a good college,” Toy said.
She added that Joshua’s “rights to a fair chance at entrance to college was stolen,” although she did not specify which universities her son applied to.
“I’m now aware of the massive cheating scandal wherein wealthy people conspired with people in positions of power and authority at colleges in order to allow their children to gain access to the very colleges that Joshua was rejected from,” Toy said. “I’m not a wealthy person, but even if l were wealthy l would not have engaged in the heainous (sic) and dispicable (sic) actions of defendants.”
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Loughlin, her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, and Huffman are among the listed defendants, whom Toy accused of defrauding and inflicting emotional distress.
In all, Toy contends more than 1,000 people were involved in the scandal and says she intends to name all of them in the lawsuit, which she has brought “on behalf of all persons in the United States.”
The lawsuit was filed in California Superior Court Wednesday, a day after the Justice Department charged 50 people in the largest-ever college admissions conspiracy.
Federal prosecutors charged 33 affluent parents, including CEOs, nine college athletics coaches and others in the sweeping bribery case to enter students into elite universities and colleges. The elaborate conspiracy involved cheating on the SAT and ACT and parents paying coaches “enormous sums” to get their children into schools by fabricating their athletic credentials.
The schools include Yale, Georgetown and Stanford universities, the University of Southern California, the University of California, Los Angeles, the University of Texas and Wake Forest University.
Contributing: Maria Puente
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