SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – The Latest on a college admissions bribery scandal that has led to charges against coaches and celebrities.
Actress Lori Loughlin’s daughter has been dropped by another company that advertises on her popular social media accounts as the fallout from a college-admission bribery case continues.
Hair products company TRESemme (TREH’-suh-mae) said in a statement Thursday that it is no longer working with Olivia Jade Giannulli.
Earlier in the day, the cosmetics company Sephora made the same move.
Giannulli, a 19-year-old student at the University of Southern California, had promoted TRESemme products on her social-media accounts, which include a popular YouTube channel. Her parents are among 50 people arrested in a nationwide college bribery scandal.
Prosecutors allege Loughlin and husband Mossimo Giannulli paid $500,000 to have their two daughters labeled as crew-team recruits at USC, even though neither is a rower.
An attorney representing her parents didn’t immediately reply to a request for comment.
The University of Rhode Island says its athletic director called Georgetown University’s athletic director this year before hiring a tennis coach now implicated in a college admissions scheme and received a positive recommendation.
Court documents allege Gordon Ernst was paid more than $2.7 million and designated at least 12 applicants as recruits, facilitating their admission to Georgetown.
Georgetown spokeswoman Meghan Dubyak said this week that Ernst has not coached there since 2017 after an investigation found he violated university admissions rules.
URI said in a statement Thursday that its athletic director contacted Georgetown in July. URI spokesman Dave Lavalee says the university was not told about the 2017 admission rules violations.
The statement also says URI also reached three out of four of Ernst’s references, who gave him positive recommendations, and a background check showed no criminal history.
Ernst was hired in Rhode Island in August. He has been placed on administrative leave.