Actress Lori Loughlin will be allowed to return to Vancouver to complete her contracted work on various Hallmark Channel projects.
The former “Full House” star was in Vancouver Tuesday filming a TV movie for the network when FBI agents showed up at the L.A. home she owns with her husband, Mossimo clothing founder Mossimo Giannulli, to arrest the couple for their role in a sweeping college bribery scam.
Loughlin and Giannulli are accused of paying half-a-million dollars to have their two daughters, who are not rowers, designated as recruits for the University of Southern California crew team. They were among 50 individuals indicted Tuesday for conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud.
Loughlin returned home to Los Angeles Wednesday to surrender to U.S. federal authorities. She was promptly released after posting a $1-million bond, putting her L.A. home up as collateral.
The actress will now be allowed to spend the rest of the year filming a number of projects in Vancouver before surrendering her passport in December once all her contracted work in Hollywood North is completed, according to a report from TMZ.
Loughlin is currently filming a TV movie in B.C. for Hallmark Channel, where she has been a mainstay since 2013. Production on Garage Sale Mystery: Three Little Murders started March 4 and wraps up March 21, one week before Loughlin’s next scheduled appearance in federal court in Boston on Mar. 29.
But another three films in the series, produced by Vancouver-based Front Street Pictures, are currently in pre-production and slated for a 2019 release.
While some fans of the wholesome Hallmark Channel are pushing for the network to distance itself from Loughlin following Tuesday’s indictment, there is no indication she will be leaving the Garage Sale Mystery franchise, which airs on Bravo in Canada.
Front Street declined to provide a statement and hung up on a Postmedia reporter when reached for comment Wednesday.
The status of Loughlin’s other Hallmark Channel project, When Calls The Heart, is also unclear. Season 6 of the Alberta-based family drama, based on a series of Christian novels, wrapped filming in B.C. late last year. It has averaged over 2 million American viewers per episode since its return in February, making it Hallmark’s highest-rated TV series.
The program has also spawned a spin-off movie, to be released in August, and has made gains internationally after being picked up by both CBC and Netflix in recent years. Season 7 would likely film in Vancouver this summer, but as of yet there has been no renewal announcement.
A spokesperson for Crown Media, which owns Hallmark, said the company is keeping an eye on Loughlin’s legal troubles.
“Crown Media Family Networks is aware of the situation and is monitoring developments as they arise,” said Pam Slay.
On Wednesday, University of Southern California spokesperson Gary Polakovic told CNN that all applicants connected to the bribery scheme will be denied admission.
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