Full House” actress Lori Loughlin and her husband have agreed to plead guilty to U.S. charges they conspired to fraudulently secure their daughter’s admission to the University of Southern California, federal prosecutors said on Thursday.
Loughlin, 55, and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, 56, have agreed to serve two months and five months in prison, respectively, under plea agreements filed in federal court in Boston.
They are expected to plead guilty on Friday to conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud. Loughlin and Giannulli also agreed to pay fines of $150,000 and $250,000, respectively.
U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling in a statement said the plea deals ensure “these defendants will serve prison terms reflecting their respective roles in a conspiracy to corrupt the college admissions process.”
Their lawyers declined to comment.
Loughlin and Giannulli are among 53 people charged with participating in a scheme where wealthy parents conspired with a California college admissions consultant to use bribery and fraud to secure their children’s admission to top schools.
The consultant, William “Rick” Singer, pleaded guilty last year to facilitating cheating on college entrance exams and using bribery to secure the admission of parents’ children to schools as fake athletic recruits.
Prosecutors allege Loughlin and Giannulli agreed with Singer to pay $500,000 in bribes to have their two daughters named as fake University of Southern California rowing team recruits.
The couple had been scheduled to face trial in October alongside other parents. Their lawyers previously contended they believed their money was being used for university donations.
By Friday, 24 of the 36 parents charged will have pleaded guilty, including “Desperate Housewives” star Felicity Huffman, who received a 14-day prison sentence.
The longest sentence a parent has received was the nine-month term imposed on Douglas Hodge, the former chief executive of investment firm Pimco.
Edited By: Emmanuel Okara/Ephraims Sheyin (NAN)
Actress Toyin Abraham seeks justice for murder of teenager in Lagos
Abraham took to her instagram page (toyin_abraham) to also call for proper compensation for the family of the deceased who was shot dead by policemen.
The actress, who spoke with the parents of the deceased, expressed sadness over the development, urging Nigerians to extend their love and generousity toward the family.
“I spoke to Tina’s mum yesterday and today, it was the most heartbreaking moments of 2020; I am sad, very very sad.
“Being a parent doesn’t have to be this hard in Nigeria, Federal Government, Nigeria Police, we need justice.
“This should not go like any other case, life truly needs to matter.
“Please let’s support the family as much as we can and keep them in our prayers. I am so sad, so heartbroken,” she said.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that policemen who were trying to enforce curfew at the end of the Third Mainland Bridge shot at the driver of a commercial bus.
Tina Ezekwe was hit by a bullet and was rushed to the hospital but didn’t survive.
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Nollywood actress Emilia Dike is dead
Nollywood actress, Emilia Dike, is dead.
She reportedly died on Wednesday in Enugu after slumping.
Mr Okechukwu Oku, a movie Director, who expressed sadness over the bad news, took to his Instagram page on Thursday @okechukwuoku to announce the death of the actress.
”Why is death taking the best people???? I’m confused oooo.
“Just filmed with Mama here on my 2 last projects, excited to release it and this horrible news today.
” A woman with a heart of gold, Aah noooo. Will miss you Mrs Dike.
“Nollywood has lost a gem in you. This is messed up’,’ he wrote.
Some Nollywood stars like Uche Ogbodo, Anita Joseph, Belinda Effah, Ken Erics and others have expressed shock at the news of her passing.
Dike featured in Nollywood movies such as “Ignorant couples”, “Dust of yesterday”, “Kings Guard”, “Where Money Never Sleep 1 and 2”, and many more.
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Shooting “Zamani’s” TV series was challenging -Actress
Chisom Agoewuike, the lead actress in Halita television series, on Saturday, said that shooting it everyday was a challenging experience for her
She, however, said that “it was okay” by her.
“Shooting on a daily basis was not easy at all, some days I didn’t know what to do, even though it was clearly written on the script.
“It got confusing because it was a daily, back-to-back shoot, although, how I was supposed to act and what I was supposed to say were there.”
Agoewuike told the News Agency of Nigeria during an interview in Lagos.
Agoewuike who is a Public Health graduate, born and bred in Owerri said that the most challenging task during the production of the television series was having to be on the set on a daily basis.
“The first challenge I had was when I had to shoot with the character of my mum on the hospital bed and that was the scene where I was saying goodbye and she couldn’t talk.
“It really hit home and I think I genuinely cried because it was so similar to when I was leaving my parents in Owerri, to come serve in Abuja. So, it was so hard for me to shoot but I pulled it off,” she said.
Relating to her character in the television series and her true person, Agoewuike said personality-wise, she could relate with Halita.
“There are lots of similarities between us, but in the love part, not so much, Halita is a lover girl and I’m not, she wears her heart on her sleeve and it’s not quite the same for me as a person.
“In fact, sometimes when I read the script, I think ‘Wow’ I should learn something from this girl; it does not cost anything to be more expressive in love.
“I really like how she expresses herself, she does not care, she is living in the moment and trust easily.
“I am much more guarded and not as quick to be expressive in love but in other areas we’re quite similar,” she said.
She, however, said that one of her top priorities is to work with some good Nigerian actorss such as Genevieve Nnaji, an AMAA award winner.
“There are a lot of people I want to work with locally and internationally.
“Mr Dimbo who produced Halita is also someone I had been praying to work with and my dream came true. So, I will keep praying about everyone else I want to work with,” she said.
Halita, currently streaming on Showmax, is the story of a 19-year-old village girl who was forced to move to the city and work as a maid in the powerful Zamani household.
Her time with the Zamani’s was highly eventful as she navigated her way between her fellow domestic staff and the Zamani family to earn her place in the residence.
The actress said she was very passionate about acting as she hoped to engage so well in it on a full-time basis.
“But I will be very selective with the kind of work I take on going forward because I want to have a successful career.
“So I will do what feels right in my spirit as long as it tells a story and relays a positive message,” she said.
Agoewuike said her most memorable encounter with fans was the day she saw a car stop-by while she was waiting for Uber with an entire family: husband, wife and children screaming excitedly.
She said “So I went over and we took pictures and it was so beautiful because every member of that family watched the show.
“Another funny encounter I had was when I went for an event with Boma Eremie, who plays the role of King in the series. We were sitting together and this lady walked up to us and started taking pictures.
She didn’t say anything; she just started taking pictures or making a video, I am not sure which, when she was done, she said ‘Hi Halita, Hi King’ in an extremely snotty manner and she left,” she said.
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Nigerians commend Nollywood actress, Tonto Dikeh, for humanitarian aid
Nigerian fans have commended a popular Nollywood actress, Tonto Dikeh, for her humanitarian aid to patients.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Dikeh in conjunction with her foundation disbursed food items in Gwagwalada Teaching Hospital in Abuja.
According to them, this is not the first time she is doing such, so with that, they commended her good deed.
Below are their comments:
@flora.esther said” May the almighty God bless u as it is in the bible, a give never lacks may u never lack in jesus name amen”.
Some of the fans described in different ways including “she is a nice person “.
Meanwhile, Dikeh had earlier stated in her Instagram page that she and her foundation visited hospitals with relief packages.
She said that especially for hospitals that confined sick children and their families, adding that such package would be as a piece of token to them, to assist them in the face of this horrendous COVID-19 pandemic.
According to her, “In times like this, the parents of ill kids should be encouraged, because their task is one that tells of valor.
“They deserve every form of support, because they have proven their nobility through countless sleepless night by their sick children’s bed side praying, crying and most times loosing their self and finance.
“This relief package is limited to Sick children in different hospitals and different states; it extends to security officials that put their lives at risk to ensure that the lockdown is effective.
“The Tonto Dikeh Foundation is dedicated in doing anything possible to provide support for the fight against this pandemic,” she wrote.
Some food items like crates of eggs, rice, bread and other edible foods were distributed to people including women that just gave birth as they came on to receive these gifts on behalf of their kids.
The actress also used the opportunity to appreciate the doctors, nurses and caretakers for their good work.
“To you the amazing doctors, nurses and caretakers working tirelessly to achieve a better Nigeria.
“The Tonto Dikeh Foundation successfully distributed items to every Child in the Gwagwalada teaching hospital.
“Thanks to the Management and Staff of the Gwagalada Teaching Hospital, thanks to @aishachildrenfoundation.
“We would like to say Thank you for receiving us and allowing us be a blessing to the Children and various families @t_d_foundation.
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Asiegbu describes death of Nollywood actress as big loss to movie industry
Ejike Asiegbu, a veteran Nollywood Actor and Producer has described the death of Chizoba Boye, a renowned Nigerian Actress, Producer and Presenter, as a big loss to the movie industry.
Asiegbu. A Film Director, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos on Tuesday that the death of the actress was a sad and unfortunate one.
According to him, Chizoba was a wonderful actress, a committed and hardworking individual who brought professionalism to bear in all the roles she played.
“I am still shocked over the death of Chizoba. She has been in the movie scene and I have known her for over 30 years as a consummate artiste, always striving for perfection in all she did.
“She was a pioneer actress in popular ‘Living in Bondage’ and her role in that movie made her so popular. She will be remembered for that and other Nollywood movies,’’ he said.
She also featured as ‘Aunty Abike’ in the popular television series ‘Tinsel Town’.
“It is indeed another sad chapter in the Nollywood industry. My heart goes out to the husband, family, loved ones, fans and the movie industry at large.
“I pray for God’s grace and strength for everyone that is related or connected to her in one way or the other to overcome this great loss, Rest in Peace Chizoba,” Asiegbu said.
Late Chizoba Boye
NAN reports that the actress who died on Sunday at the age of 52 after battling diabetes and high blood pressure, was married to Sam Boye, a Movie Director.
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Nollywood actress tasks Lagos residents on the use of face masks
Nollywood actress Lauritta Onye has tasked Lagos residents on the use of face masks as part of individual efforts to complement measures put in place by Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu to tackle the Coronavirus (COVID-19) challenge.
NAN reports that the Lagos State Governor, Mr Sanwo-Olu, had announced the compulsory use of face masks as one of the guidelines for the gradual easing of lockdown which lasted for five weeks.
“We need to understand that all the COVID-19 precautionary measures, including the lockdown, are for our safety.
“The governor is playing his part but it requires our total compliance by way of obedience. We must wear face masks to complement his efforts for maximum results.
“We must see wearing of face masks as a trending fashion and make it part of our dressing because of the reasons attached to it and the situation of things in the country now.
“Although, the face mask makes someone look different, sometimes you barely recognise the person you know when they are wearing it, but it doesn’t matter,” she said.
She said that apart from the normal surgical face mask, there are handmade fabrics which come in different forms and are affordable, accessible, portable and easy to manage by everyone.
“Face mask has become a compulsory wear for me since the lockdown and it has become part of me whenever I am stepping out, although some people will be saying I look different,” she added.
The actress, who starred as Laury White in the movie ‘Lord of Money’, added that everyone must endeavour to observe orders by Lagos State Government in public places.
“Food and non-food marketers have been directed on days to operate; eateries and restaurants have their schedules, transport operators equally have theirs,” Onye pointed out.
The actress, a Paralympic gold medalist, urged the people to observe social distancing particularly at the bus stops, markets places and ensure hand washing and use of sanitisers.
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Lockdown: Nollywood actress, Chika Ike distributes stimulus package to Lagosians
Nollywood actress, Chika Ike and her foundation team has began the distribution of stimulus package to Lagosians to cushion the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown.
The renowned actress, who is also a business woman, made this known on her Instagram page @chikaike, where she stated that “with the extension of the Covid-19 lockdown, it has been difficult for most people to feed”.
“These past few weeks have been a trying time for everyone. My team and I focused on making donations to some motherless babies and less privileged homes.
“But we decided to hit the streets this week. Thanks to @jccproperties for supporting this cause .
“Please stay home and stay safe so we can flatten the curve. #stayhome #staysafe #socialdistancingstreet,” she wrote.
According to her, they will still donate to motherless babies and less privileged homes.
Ike is a famous Nollywood actress, model, entrepreneur and philanthropist, who is currently the United Nations Ambassador.
Ike, who is also the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Fancy Nancy Collections, began her career as a model at the age of 16, before moving to the Nigerian film industry (Nollywood).
In 2005, the actress joined the Nigerian film industry (Nollywood) and starred in her first film, “Sweet Love,” which staged her.
In 2005, she became famous when she starred in Nollywood’s blockbuster film “Bless the Child,” which featured her as the most promising actress in Nigeria at the African Movie Academy Awards.
Ike has starred in more than 250 Nollywood films, including Paradise, Mirror of Beauty, The Love of a Stranger, Girls Cot Reloaded, Happy End, Bless the Child, Sweet Love, etc.
In 2015, Ike worked with Rok Studios to produce films such as “Happy Ending” and “Stuck on You”.
She has a charitable foundation called ‘Help the Child’, a non-governmental organisation, aimed to help disadvantaged children, especially on the street, without anyone meeting them.
Her “Fancy Nancy” collection is reputed for creating stylish, comfortable and fabulous fashion outfits and accessories such as jewelry, bags and shoes.
She has won several film awards, which include: Best Actress of the Year at the African Magic Viewers Choice Awards, and the most promising actress in Nigeria at the African Movie Academy Awards.
Currently, she is one of the richest and most influential actress in Nigeria, coupled with her meaningful contributions to entertainment industry.
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Nollywood Actress Yewande Adekoya welcomes new baby girl
Nollywood Actress, Yewande Adekoya, popularly known as “Kudi Klepto” took to her Instagram handle to announce the arrival of her new baby girl on Friday.
Adekoya, who displayed her baby bump in a black see-through mesh dress and a pair of jean shorts also congratulated her husband, Actor cum movie producer, Abiodun Thomas.
The actress expressed her excitement and said she had stayed off the social media for a while due to the bundle of joy she was carrying, which has finally been delivered.
“God, we give you all the glory, our joy knows no bound.
“Our little princess is here.
“Now you all know why I have been away from work and social media, I have been baking a bun in the oven.
“Welcome my love.
“Congratulations to us my love,’’ she said.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the actress had featured in many Nigerian films among which are: “Fadaka”, “Omo Elemosho”, “Iyawo Adedigba”, “Kurukuru” and more with several awards to her credit.
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Why I consented to “Unmarried” series – Actress Venita Akpofure
Ex-Big Brother Naija Housemate and Actress Venita Akpofure says she consented to her role in “Unmarried” series currently streaming on Showmax because she believed so much in connecting with women.
Akpofure, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday in Lagos on Thursday, said women needed to trust each other more for a solid support system.
NAN reports that “Unmarried” series explores the relationship between three women and the challenges they face in their respective love lives.
Venita, who plays Nengi on the show, is a working-class woman whose seemingly perfect world suddenly turned upside down.
According to the lead actresses in the series, “I am a firm believer in connecting with women and this kind of script is very relatable and a lot more common than the society likes to present.”
“It has always been my prerogative to be part of that voice that speaks to them so when called for the script, I was really excited about it.
“Women need to trust each other more because in that way it’s easier to create what can be a foundation for a solid support system, be it an organisation or a personal relationship,” she said.
She told NAN that it was difficult to trust another woman in an environment where society placed so many restraints on you as a woman, but by and large women were adapting to it.
The actress described her participation in the Big Brother Naija as a personal journey of rediscovery
“For the Big Brother Naija experience, personally, I was on my own personal journey of rediscovering myself and that was the best thing for me, you can’t put any money on that.
“Also, the option of having more opportunities in terms of business, especially in my line of work, is one of the good things that has come from my time in the house.”
She said the worst thing about being an ex-housemate was having to deal with thousands of opinions on what you should be doing, what you should look like, especially with being a single mother of two, it was not fun.
“They like to take my matter to town but I’ve been in the industry for quite some time so I’ve developed a certain layer, I would like to think.
“But once in a while, I’m a troll too, I like to troll people who come for me, am as human as any of those behind the keyboards so it is what it is.
“Since coming out, I launched my beauty line, Ivie Lux. I also auditioned for something pretty big and I’m waiting on feedback for that, on the whole I just want to progress and expand and the best way is to remain consistent,” she said.
Akpofure said she looked forward to going back to movie set after the entire lock down as content creating had taken most of her time because she had been reconnecting and reaffirming some bonds she had not kept for long.
Edited By: Joe Idika/Tajudeen Atitebi (NAN)
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- 35 cases in COVID-19 cluster infection in German city Gottingen
- FG begins 2020 systematic maintenance of all Lagos bridges, drains evacuation
- Iran’s speaker rules out talks, compromise with U.S.
- Israeli defense minister apologizes over Palestinian’s death
- COVID-19: NIMR lauds firm for donating medical equipment
- San Francisco announces curfew for Sunday night after protests
- Al-Aqsa Mosque reopened after 70 days of closure amid COVID-19
- IPMAN mourns Baru, condoles family, NNPC management
- Israeli PM warns new restrictions amid fresh coronavirus outbreak
- Kuwait records 27,043 COVID-19 cases, 212 deaths
- Iran’s COVID-19 cases reach 151,466, with 7,797 deaths