Steven Senne, Associated Press
Actress Lori Loughlin arrives at federal court in Boston on Wednesday, April 3, 2019, to face charges in a nationwide college admissions bribery scandal.

SALT LAKE CITY — Lori Loughlin feels like she was wronged by the college admissions scandal and she’s looking to fight her way through court, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannullihave been accused of paying $500,000 in bribes so that their daughters, Olivia Jade and Isabella Giannulli, would be crew team recruits for the University of Southern California, according to The Associated Press. The couple has decided to plead not guilty in the case.

And, according to the Los Angeles Times, the couple isn’t in any rush to plead out on the federal charges since their legal team is hunting for errors in the prosecution's case.

“Her attorneys have made it clear that they are not going to be rushing into any deal with the prosecution,” Louis Shapiro, an experienced federal litigator, told the Los Angeles Times. “They want to perform a thorough analysis of the evidence and then help their client make an informed decision about what is in her best interest to do.”

According to the Los Angeles Times, the couple feels that William “Rick” Singer, who is reported “mastermind of the scheme,” tricked them into paying the $500,000 bribe.

Loughlin is reportedly fine with going to court, which I wrote about for the Deseret News.

“Lori feels like so much damage has been done publicly that the only way for her to counter it is to fight this case in court. She feels like once all the evidence is presented, that people will understand how things happened,” according to People magazine.

“She doesn’t want to spend time in jail, but she knows that any sort of plea or conviction at this point will include jail time," a source said. "Her only chance of avoiding jail is to go to court and be found not guilty.”

Part of that might include the University of Southern California poster that said there was “no previous rowing experience necessary” to joining the team, according to the Deseret News.

An executive told CNN that Loughlin and Giannulli have reached out to a crisis management team to help fix their public image.

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"She (Loughlin) has been having preliminary talks with some top crisis management firms on what she can do to change the public perception," the executive told CNN. "I truly believe she thinks she's going to not serve jail time and return to work."

"It's killing her that her squeaky-clean reputation has done a total 180," one source told CNN. "She reads everything that's written about her, and she's already thinking about how she can turn her image around."