Olivia Jade, whose parents Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli were indicted for their alleged roles in the national college admissions scandal, returned to YouTube on Sunday with her first video since March 10.
In the video, entitled "hi again," she addresses the elephant in the room by saying she won't be able to say much, thanks to legal advice she has received.
“There’s no point in me just talking for 10 minutes to the camera about how I wish I could say something when I really can’t," she goes on to say, "so I’m gonna leave it at that. Thank you so much for your patience or if you’ve stuck around for nine months just waiting, I really appreciate it.”
The 20-year-old also speaks about missing filming for her channel, saying she is "passionate" about it, and that she wanted to post the video in spite of fearing how it would be received. She says, “Though I’m terrified to make this video and to come back, I know that I also want to start taking smaller steps in the right direction.”
At the end of October, Loughlin and Giannulli were among nearly a dozen parents facing new bribery charges stemming from their alleged involvement the scandal.
A grand jury in the District of Massachusetts brought the new charges in the third superseding indictment, accusing the 11 parents of conspiring to commit federal program bribery by paying off employees of USC to facilitate their children’s admission.
In exchange for the bribes, USC employees allegedly categorized the defendants’ children as athletic recruits — with little or no consideration of their athletic abilities — or as members of other favored admissions categories.
United States attorney for the District of Massachusetts Andrew Lelling said that the latest charges “are the result of ongoing investigation in the nationwide college admissions case."
He added, “Our goal from the beginning has been to hold the defendants fully accountable for corrupting the college admissions process through cheating, bribery and fraud. The superseding indictments will further that effort.”
Before the charges were announced, Lelling recently weighed in on Loughlin's case during an interview with “On the Record.” He said, “If she's convicted... we would probably ask for a higher sentence for her than we did for Felicity Huffman. I can't tell you exactly what that would be. The longer the case goes, let's say she goes through to trial, if it is after trial, certainly, we would ask for something substantially higher. If she resolved it before trial, something lower than that."
Huffman served less than two weeks behind bars.
Loughlin and Giannulli have pleaded not guilty to two charges: conspiracy to commit money laundering; and conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and honest services mail and wire fraud. They were hit with one count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and honest services mail and wire fraud, and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering in a second superseding indictment when they didn't reach a plea deal.
Neither Olivia Jade nor her sister Isabella Rose are enrolled at USC.