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Sephora Drops YouTube Star Over College Bribery

Olivia Jade debuted her makeup collaboration late last year

March 14, 2019 - 3:55 pm

SAN FRANCISCO (AP/Newsradio 1020 KDKA) — The Latest on a college admissions bribery scandal that has led to charges against coaches and celebrities 

Cosmetics company Sephora says it's dropping its social-media relationship with actress Lori Loughlin's daughter after her parents were charged in a bribery scheme to get her into college.

Paris-based Sephora says in a statement Thursday that after reviewing the developments, the company has ended its partnership with 19-year-old Olivia Jade Giannulli "effective immediately."

Related: Students File Lawsuit Against Colleges In Bribery Scandal

Giannulli is a social media star with millions of followers and frequently pushes products online.

Her father is fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, and her parents are among 50 people arrested in a nationwide college admissions bribery scandal.

Prosecutors allege the couple paid $500,000 to have their two daughters labeled as crew-team recruits at the University of Southern California, even though neither is a rower.

An attorney representing her parents didn't immediately reply to a request for comment.

Giannulli debuted her Sephora make-up collection in December on YouTube while holding back tears because she was so excited.

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