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The biggest university scandal that has ever hit the the US rages on.

While Desperate Housewives' Felicity Huffman pleaded guilty to paying for her daughter to get into college, Fuller House and 90210 star Lori Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli have found themselves in a much trickier spot.

The actor has now been hit with claims that she was determined to get her two daughters – Isabella Rose ad Olivia Jade into USC.

Not only did she fork out §500,000 buts he also pretend that they were on the rowing team to gain entrance, even though neither of them had ever rowed.

A family friend told PEOPLE, ''It was very important for her to be able to say that her girls were at USC. It was absolutely a status thing.''

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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They continued, ''Lori is used to getting what she wants. This is why she got in trouble in the first place. She got fixated on getting her girls into USC. And the fact that she wanted the girls to have things that she never had growing up.”

The 54-year-old and her fashion mogul husband now face a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison for each charge.

Prosecutors say the pair paid the money to admissions consultant William “Rick” Singer and his nonprofit organisation, Key Worldwide Foundation (“KWF”), which prosecutors said was actually a front for accepting bribes.

Rick Singer has admitted to being the ringleader of the scam and has pleaded guilty to multiple charges.

Lori and Mossimo have not made please like Felicity, who now only faces 18-24 months in jail.

According to PEOPLE, ''They were offered the carrot and the stick. The carrot was that this can all go away and you can serve your time and put it behind you. Remember, they were facing 20 years, even before the latest charges. The stick was that [the prosecution] would and could pile on more serious charges.”

They continued, ''They decided to roll the dice and it may have been a bad gamble. Now they’re in worse shape than before.”

The drama looks set to continue to unfold so watch this space.

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Infamous R&B star R Kelly has left the Chicago jail where he was being held after posting his $100,000 bail, according to a Cook County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman.

The singer has been plagued by allegations of sexual assault, rape, child abuse, child pornography and aggravated criminal sexual abuse for decades.

Yesterday, the 52-year-old pleaded not guilty to 10 charges against four women, three of whom were minors at the time of alleged assault. He did not speak to media as he was escorted from jail by his lawyer.

The Ignition singer turned himself in to police on Friday and spent the weekend in a jail cell after denying all allegations against him over the last 30 years.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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He has faced claims of sexual abuse for a long time, even appearing on trial in 2008 for child pornography charges but was acquitted. 

Cook County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Sophia Ansari confirmed on Monday night that R Kelly had raised the $100,000 bail, which was 10 percent of the $1 million bond set by a judge.

It is suspected that he struggled to raise the $100,000 necessary, and that a female "friend" had to assist him.

His court appearance and plea has arrived only weeks after Surviving R Kelly aired on Lifetime; an explosive documentary series about the allegations of continuous assault from dozens of women, including his former wife.

He is currently being tried for sexual assaults which apparently happened from 1998 onwards. He met one of the four women on her 16th birthday at a restaurant, and another 16-year-old when she asked for his autograph.

Robert Sylvester Kelly was ordered by the court to hand in his passport, and to have zero contact with anyone under the age of 18. He is scheduled to appear in court on March 22.

The well known high-profile women's rights attorney Gloria Allred claimed in a news conference yesterday that she is now representing over six women who allege that the singer abused them.

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Two more women have come forward to accuse R&B singer R Kelly of sexual misconduct, dating back to when they were 15 and 16 years old.

The latest allegations are the newest in a string of claims against the singer going back three decades, spanning child pornography to sexual, emotional and physical abuse and holding women captive in a sex cult.

The duo spoke out against the notorious artist at a press conference with infamous women's rights lawyer Gloria Allred yesterday.

Both women allege that the sexual misconduct happened in 1995 after they attended an R Kelly and LL Cool J concert in Baltimore, Maryland.

One of the ladies said she was just 16 years old and living in the city when her and a 15-year-old friend, the other alleged victim, attended the concert.

They went to an after-party at a nightclub, and Kelly pointed to the two girls and asked his staff to put them onstage. They were also offered drugs and alcohol at the party, they claim.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The woman said Kelly asked the two girls to meet him in his hotel suite, and that he entered the room wearing jeans and a white t-shirt, with his penis “out and over the top of his pants”.

Apparently, Kelly asked both girls to dance and he ended up lying on the bed with them, telling them they could be in his next music video.

Next, the singer began touching the young woman's breast and genitals, and asked the pair to engage in a threesome. Her friend said no and went to the bathroom.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The woman said Kelly requested oral sex from her, which she did, and then he had sexual intercourse with her.

She had been under the influence of alcohol and marijuana that had been given to her at the after-party, and alleges she “did not have the capacity to consent”.

In Maryland, the age of consent is 16. The two women never saw R Kelly again.

Despite the huge range of allegations against the singer, his lawyer Steve Greenberg denied all accusations against Kelly, saying he has never knowingly had sexual relations with underage women.

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James Cromwell, the actor famous for playing Farmer Hoggett in the movie Babe, has been sentenced to seven days in prison.

The actor was sentenced to serve time at Orange County Jail, after refusing to pay a $375 (€330) fine related to his arrest at a protest in Wawayanda, New York.

The 77-year-old was one of six protestors found guilty of obstructing traffic when they staged an environmental protest, which included a sit-in on the site of a natural gas-fired power plant.

According to People, James was protesting against the carbon emissions that would be emitted by the power plant.

He believes they would have a drastic effect on the local environment, and accelerate climate change.

The LA Confidential star told Variety: “If we don’t stay together, nothing will change. Power to the people.”

James' defence lawyer asked for an appeal in the sentence, which the judge granted.

Mr Cromwell now has until July 14 to pay the fine.

(P.S. Does anybody else love the way he has a pig emoji included in his Twitter name?)

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It looks like Lauren Goodger is ready to start a family!

The TOWIE babe is reportedly keen to have a little one with her new boyfriend, who is currently serving a 17-year prison sentence.

Rumours broke back in September that Lauren was in a relationship with Joey Morrison, who is a convicted burglar and drug dealer.

At the time, Lauren spoke out about the rumours, saying that she has been friends with Joey "for years," but the romantic relationship only began recently.

According to Closer, an insider said: "Lauren has been visiting Joey in prison every other week and she's told her friends that he makes her feel really special.

"She hasn't spoken to him about whether they can start a proper relationship when he gets out, but she gets the impression he feels the same way about her.

"She's heard he's due for early release next year and she'd love to give things a proper go then. Lauren's extremely broody and she's been making jokes about how beautiful their children would be.

"She'd love to have a baby with him because she's never been this happy with anyone else before," the insider added.

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WARNING: Some users may find the detail in this report upsetting 

In a case which caused wide-spread horror and disgust internationally, a man has now been jailed for 100 years for drowning his stepdaughter in a swimming pool.

Harrowing CCTV footage show the killer, identified in court documents only as Jose David N, repeatedly throwing the three-year-old girl – who could not swim – into a hotel swimming pool.

She can be seen struggling in the water, but her stepfather made no attempt to assist her. 

The incident happened in the city of Morelia, in the south-western Mexican state of Michoacan, on August 12, 2015. At the time the child's mother was sleeping in a hotel room.

Jose David N had initially claimed the girl died in a tragic accident, but the CCTV footage proved damning.  

Now, he has been jailed for 100 years with no possibility of parole.

 

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Chris Brown has been released from jail after he was arrested this morning on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon.

Beauty queen Baylee Curran claimed that Chris pointed a gun at her face during a party in his house.

The performer's lawyer wrote about his release on Twitter, saying: "Thanks to everyone for their support and well wishes. 

"Chris is out and well. The allegations against him are demonstrably false #TeamBreezy."

The 27-year-old was released on $250,000 bail.

Chris's friend, Ray J (Kimmy K's ex) also posted a message about the incident, which the singer shared on his Instagram page.

 

Real friends!!!!! The world will see!!! TRUST ME

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Chris captioned the video: "Real friends!!!!! The world will see!!! TRUST ME."

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He just did a tell-all interview with his former co-star, Mario Lopez, but it seems that Dustin Diamond is back in jail.

The Saved By The Bell star was arrested (again) after allegedly violating the terms of his parole, according to TMZ.

Dustin was taken back into custody on Wednesday, just mere weeks after being released for serving his time for disorderly conduct and concealed-weapon convictions.

The 39-year-old was found guilty of disorderly conduct and carrying a concealed weapon following a bar brawl in 2014 and spent three months in prison as a result.

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Nicki Minaj's brother Jelani Miraj has been charged in New York's Nassau County with rape.

The 37-year-old was arraigned yesterday on first-degree rape and first-degree course of sexual conduct against a 12-year-old child, Newsday reports.

He was shortly released from jail on a bail set at $100,000 (€92,000).

He was last seen with Nicki when the singer shared a snap on Instagram at Jelani's wedding in August. Nicki paid for the extravagant $30,000 (€27,000) wedding as well as posting a heartfelt caption with the photo of her sibling. 

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Supermodel Naomi Campbell has been convicted of assaulting a paparazzo.

She scratched the photographer’s eye during the incident, which happened in Sicily six years ago.

The Londoner was handed down a six-month sentence by an Italian court on Friday – though it’s unlikely she’ll see the inside of a prison cell: the term has been suspended.

And according to The Telegraph, her lawyer has also vowed to appeal.

"We are appealing the ruling surrounding the 2009 incident," attorney Guido Carlo Alleva said in a brief statement.

Gaetano Di Giovanni was taking pictures of the model with her then-boyfriend, Russian billionaire Vladimir Doronin, in the Sicilian town of Lipari when Campbell hit him with her bag.

The outburst resulted in a scratch to Mr Di Giovanni's eye, causing him to seek medical treatment and take three days off work to recover from the injury.

Ms Campbell had been ordered to stand trial in Italy in 2013.

And while she reportedly reached a financial settlement with the photographer on condition that he withdraw the charges, the public prosecutor nevertheless proceeded with a conviction due to the severity of the incident.

Back in 1998, Naomi, who boasts a 30-year career in modelling, was ordered by a court to attend anger-management classes after striking her personal assistant with a mobile phone.

In 2008 she admitted attacking police at Heathrow in a row over lost luggage.

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In landmark sentencing for this country, three former Anglo bankers have been sent to prison.

The move comes seven years after the financial crash that crippled the Irish economy – and five years after the Troika bailout that implemented a wealth of austerity measures. 

Tiarnan O'Mahoney, Anglo's former chief operating officer; Bernard Daly, Anglo's former company secretary, and Aoife Maguire, a former assistant manager at the bank were given custodial sentences ranging from 18 months to three years.

And the judge refused to suspend any part of their jail stints – meaning they will serve the entirety of their prison terms. 

Yesterday, all three had been found guilty by a jury of conspiring to hide accounts from Revenue Commissioners, and of attempting to conceal accounts relating to chairman Sean FitzPatrick’s brother-in-law.

They spent the night in jail waiting for today's judgement. 

During a trial which lasted two months at the Circuit Criminal Court, the defendants’ lawyers had argued that non of the former employees gained personally by their actions. 

They also said that their clients were of good standing, and had never been in trouble with the law before.

Nevertheless, O'Mahoney, 56, and Daly, 67, were convicted of knowingly giving false information to the Revenue. And O'Mahoney and Maguire, 62, were found guilty of conspiring to hide a total of six accounts linked to Mr FitzPatrick.

In response, Judge Pat McCartan sentenced O'Mahoney to three years in prison; Daly to two years, and Maguire to 18 months.

Twitter was quick to respond to the news – with many observers applauding the decision.

Judge McCartan told the court that it was clear the accused engaged in a deliberate and ongoing fraud to stop the accounts of Mr FitzPatrick from being disclosed to Revenue officials. 

He added that Anglo was a "very sick bank" which "took a very, very dishonest approach to Revenue".

The three appeared emotional throughout sentencing – and as they were led away from the court by prison guards.

Anglo Irish Bank was founded in Dublin in the Sixties and was nationalised in 2009, eventually merging with Irish Nationwide Building Society to form the Irish Bank Resolution Corporation. 

In the 15 months to December '09, Anglo lost €12.7bn. In total, Irish taxpayers' money amounting to €25bn was injected into the organisation.

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Rebecca Ferguson has finally opened up about her latest trauma in which a woman that she had considered a friend was sent to prison for stealing from her.

The 28-year-old star broke down in court last month when she explained how Rachel Taylor had conned her out of more than €61,000.

In a new interview with the Mirror, the former X Factor star opened up about her struggles and how she is trying to put it all behind her.

“I finally got justice, but I’m still recovering from it all,” the former flame of Zayn Malik revealed.

“There was so much more to it, and only so much that gets said in court, and I think if people knew everything they would be quite surprised to hear how I got through it all.”

The mum-of-three admitted that she believes it was her faith in people and putting trust in them that allowed Ms Taylor to take such advantage of her.

“I’m one of those people who tries to look for the good in people, but I’ve learnt that, actually, no, some people fundamentally just are not nice.”

A court found the woman who had been posing as Rebecca’s accountant guilty of two counts of fraud and the 54-year-old was sentenced to 16 months in prison.

Rebecca has had her fair share of ups and downs, with the recent court case and a series of unfortunate relationships.

But, while the Glitter and Gold singer is still single at the moment, she says she is the happiest she has been in years.

“I’m doing the new album which I’m really excited about, and I’m just in a really good place. I am the happiest I’ve been in years.” 

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