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Lori Loughlin’s career will likely never recover from college admissions scandal—PR expert says she’s ‘tainted’

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Yesterday, we reported that former “Fuller House” actress Lori Loughlin had finally agreed to plead guilty to the charges against her in the college admissions scandal. Now, experts are saying that her acting career may never recover from this scandal, as she will likely be forever “tainted.”

Loughlin took a deal on Thursday in which she would plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud. Under the terms of the deal, she would serve two months in prison and pay a $150,000 fine along with two years of supervised release and 100 hours of community service.

Now that Loughlin has finally taken a deal, many are wondering whether or not she will be able to resume her acting career, which was quite successful before she became embroiled in this scandal. “Hollywood tends to be pretty forgiving if it’s a nonviolent crime and also it depends on the times we’re living in. We’re in a time where there’s a lot of cheating and a lot of corruption and things going on that are very telling about people,” KerrPR President Cherie Kerr, who has no involvement in the case, told Fox News.

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“For instance, the fact that [Lori] lied about both daughters’ athletic ability—that’s a real problem,” Kerr added. “That’s worse than her just sending somebody some money as an influence and to get [her daughters] in and then say, ‘Oh well, I didn’t really know what I was doing and this guy [William ‘Rick’ Singer] put himself out to be someone who was just a coordinator to get my kids in school. So when you start lying as she did about her daughters and their background —and they found out they weren’t rowers— that’s the problem because that’s really deceitful.”

Kerr went on to say that Loughlin “should have walked off the field long ago,” which is what co-defendants like former “Desperate Housewives” star Felicity Huffman did. After pleading guilty, Huffman had to serve just 11 out of 14 days of her prison sentence and complete community service.

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“She didn’t fight it and get off and even if she had, there was a lot of damage done,” Kerr said. “It’s generally not just one thing, but I think her career and her image is tainted from here on out because of what happened. If she’s not well thought of as a mother, to a lot of people in the public that will be a big black mark against her.”

As for what Loughlin can do to help herself, Loughlin advised her to get ahead of this in the media, if her plea agreement allows her to do so. “What happens with the press is that whoever has the most ink or airtime is the one where the public’s sway is moved toward that side, but if she’s not going to say anything and she’s not going to do anything, I think she’s going to have a problem,” Kerr said.

“So if she has any kind of defense —if she wants to do a mea culpa or she wants to say this is really what went down and how it went down— we were desperate or whatever, she should be out there talking,” Kerr added. “Some people just decide to go away and leave it alone for a while. But I always say, if the story’s out there and you made a deal and that’s what you did and you have a way to explain that away—then do it.”

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“People used to go on with Barbara Walters for a whole hour and explain why they did what they did,” she concluded.

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