Actress actress Lori Laughlin just hired a prison expert to teach her how to survive behind bars if she ends up doing time, according to reports.
Laughlin is awaiting trial for charges in the college admissions scandal and she needs to learn the ropes about life in the big house.
A source close to Loughlin told People magazine,
“Prison is a very different world than Hollywood, and Lori is just trying to be prepared.
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.”
According to RadarOnline, Loughlin is also being schooled on slang inside and has is training to defend herself. A source told the news site,
“She’s knuckling down, learning the lingo and practicing martial arts to give off the impression she’s tough and to ward off potential bullies. [She] knows there will be plenty of them in federal prison.
Prison is going to be sink or swim and Lori doesn’t intend to sit back and take the abuse without a fight”
Her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, who faces the same federal fraud and money laundering charges, has also been sitting in on the sessions. The source told People.
“They realize that if they are convicted, they’ll have to serve time.
And they’re figuring out what that would look like, which includes hiring a consultant to explain prison life to them.
The advisor 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.”
The couple is accused of paying $500,000 to get their two daughters, Olivia Jade Giannulli, 20, and Isabella Rose Giannulli, 21, into the University of Southern California as fake rowing recruits.
Dozens of well-off parents — including Desperate Housewives star Felicity Huffman (who has already served her 14-day jail sentence) were charged with paying bribes to a college fixer Rick Singer to get their kids into top-notch schools.
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