Actress Lori Loughlin has hired a prison expert to teach her how to survive behind bars if she ends up doing time, according to reports.
The 55-year-old “Fuller House” star, who awaits trial for charges in the massive college admissions scandal, is “learning the ropes” about life and etiquette in the big house, People Magazine reports.
“Prison is a very different world than Hollywood, and Lori is just trying to be prepared,” a source close to Loughlin told the outlet.
“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 said.
Loughlin is also being schooled on slang in the slammer — and has been training to defend herself, according to RadarOnline.com.
“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,” an insider told the celebrity news site. “[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,” the insider said.
Her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, who faces the same federal fraud and money laundering charges, has also been sitting in on the jailbird advice sessions.
“They realize that if they are convicted, they’ll have to serve time,” the source told People. “And they’re figuring out what that would look like, which includes hiring a consultant to explain prison life to them.”
But while Loughlin is prepping for prison time, she isn’t convinced that she she’ll be sent there.
“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 source said.
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.
Loughlin and Giannulli were among dozens of well-heeled parents — including “Desperate Housewives” star Felicity Huffman, who has already served her 14-day jail sentence — charged with paying bribes to a college fixer Rick Singer to get their kids into top-notch schools.
The couple has pleaded not guilty to fraud, money laundering and conspiracy to commit federal programs bribery.
Last month, they filed a motion claiming that they didn’t know their “donations” would be used as bribes and that they were “hoodwinked” by Singer.
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