Embattled actress Lori Loughlin and her husband made a rare public appearance on Saturday to attend the Los Angeles memorial service for restaurateur Harry Morton.
The former Fuller House star and fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli are fighting fraud, money laundering, and bribery charges relating to the U.S. college admissions scandal, and they have been keeping a low profile ever since their arrest in March.
However, the couple decided to put their legal woes aside this weekend to mourn the unexpected loss of Pink Taco founder Morton, who died from a heart attack at his California home on 23 November, aged 38.
A private remembrance service was held in Beverly Hills on Saturday, when Loughlin and Giannulli joined fellow mourners including Demi Moore, Stephen Dorff, and music mogul Jimmy Iovine and his actress wife Liberty Ross to pay tribute to Lindsay Lohan’s ex-boyfriend.
A gathering was later held at the home of Morton’s father, Hard Rock Cafe co-founder Peter Morton.
Loughlin and Giannulli’s outing occurred a day before their daughter, Olivia Jade Giannulli, returned to her YouTube channel and broke her silence about the college controversy, in which they stand accused of making a hefty donation to a fake charity to get their two daughters into the University of Southern California as part of the school’s rowing team — even though neither of them participated in the sport.
In a video post uploaded on Sunday, the 20-year-old social media influencer simply told fans she was unable to publicly discuss the case due to the ongoing legal action — but declared she wanted to “move on” from the drama.
“Obviously I’ve been gone for a really long time, and as much as I wish I could talk about all of this… it’s just, unfortunately, the reason for that is because I’m legally not allowed to speak on anything going on right now,” Olivia said.
“This is the best I can do and I want to move on with my life. It’s so hard because I’m not trying to make this about me or how I’ve been because that’s not the point of this.”