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David Dobrik is speaking out about his friend Olivia Jade’s well-being amid her family’s ongoing entanglement in the college admission scandal.
What’s up? It’s Sussan Mourad here with Clevver News and David Dobrik hopes his friend Olivia Jade is doing well during this tough time for her family.
And just for a little back story. Olivia Jade’s mom Lori Loughlin AKA Aunt Becky from Full House was one of a handful of wealthy parents indicted by federal prosecutors in a massive bribery case.
Lori and her husband worked with a college admissions consultant who promised to secure admission to USC for Olivia Jade and her sister Bella.
They posed as recruits for the university’s crew team, even though neither of the girls participated in the sport.
The consultant allegedly arranged fake athletic profiles for the girls and Lori just needed to send him pictures of their daughters using rowing machines.
Lori and her husband had to send $200,000 to the consultant through a non-profit he controlled, for each daughter, plus $50,000 per kid to USC senior associate athletic director.
So that comes out to about $500,000 in bribes to get Olivia and Bella into USC.
Which has always been interesting to me because Olivia has been pretty open in her YouTube videos about not really wanting to go to college or caring too much about her education. She says she just went because her parents wanted her to.
But anyway, Felicity Huffman, another celebrity parent who was involved in the scandal, has already served her time in jail after pleading guilty to her own college admission scandal, but Lori didn’t plead guilty so the jury is still out for Olivia Jade’s mom’s case.
And while Olivia and her sister haven’t been charged in connection with the scandal, earlier this month, USC confirmed they are NOT currently enrolled at the school.
And since the scandal, Olivia also lost several endorsement deals and moved out of her parents’ house.
So yeah, it’s understandable why Olivia Jade, who once ran a very active YouTube channel with almost 2 million subscribers, hasn’t been very active online.
Olivia and David Dobrik were good friends before this whole scandal and actually appeared on each other’s channels quite a few times.
And David even appeared with Lori Loughlin on Olivia’s channel.
But now, as the story continues to unfold, David opened up to People about Olivia during this tough time for her family.
And it seems like Olivia is, in fact, trying to stay in good spirits, while her parents wait for their trial.
Earlier this month, she was spotted attending a birthday party for musician Andrew Watt in Beverly Hills with her boyfriend Jackson Guthy.
Who she got back together with in August, after they split three months earlier in the thick of the college admissions scandal.
And also in August, Olivia seemed to reach a breaking point with everyone reporting on the scandal.
Olivia has since deleted this post, possibly because her family is still very much entangled in their lawsuit, which actually recently just got even more serious last week.
As they were quietly waiting for their next court date, which is set for January 17th of next year, the prosecution surprised them with a third federal charge on October 22nd.
The new charge is an additional bribery charge, more specifically, it’s one count of conspiracy to commit federal programs bribery for bribing the employees at USC.
According to People, federal programs bribery is defined as theft or bribery of an organization, like USC, that receives more than $10,000 in federal funds. If found guilty of federal programs bribery, the charge carries a penalty of up to 10 years in federal prison.
And before even being hit with this additional charge, Olivia’s parents already faced up to 40 years in prison.
So, naturally, the family isn’t taking the news of the additional charge very well.
But it’s nice to see that Olivia’s friends like David Dobrik are continuing to support her during this challenging time.
But I want to know what you guys think. Do you think Olivia will ever come back to YouTube? Would you want her to come back after the trial is over? And do you think she and David will ever collab again? Let me know down in the comments below.
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