(TMZ) — The FBI told the ringleader in the college admissions scandal to lie and say his clients knew he was bribing college officials, and when he wouldn’t play ball they yelled at him … this according to Rick Singer himself.
It’s a stunning, possible game-changing development in the case. One of the parents who’s being prosecuted — Elisabeth Kimmel — filed legal docs Wednesday claiming the government just belatedly produced notes from Singer’s iPhone.
Singer writes, “Loud and abrasive call with agents. They continue to ask me to tell a fib and not restate what I told my clients as to where there [sic] money was going — to the program, not the coach and that it was a donation and they want it to be a payment.”
In other words, Singer says he told his clients the money they were paying was a donation to the school, not a bribe to a coach.
Singer’s notes have implications that go far beyond Elisabeth Kimmel. Fact is … Lori Loughlin and other parents will benefit from the new revelation because it goes to the heart of the government’s case — namely, where the parents thought the money was going. If they thought it was going to the school, prosecutors may have had the rug pulled out from under them.
As we reported, Lori and other defendants have complained prosecutors have been withholding key evidence that tends to show the parents did not commit a crime. This new piece of evidence may be the smoking gun … made all the more powerful by the fact the government didn’t disclose it in a timely fashion … not even close.
Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli just filed their own motion regarding the exculpatory evidence prosecutors finally produced … and their docs include even more notes from Singer.
After Singer described the “loud and abrasive” call he added, “Essentially they (FBI agents) are asking me to bend the truth which is what they asked me not to do when working with the agents and Eric Rosen (Asst. U.S. Attorney).”
Singer also noted that someone named Liz, presumably a federal agent, “raised her voice to me like she did in the hotel room about agreeing with her that everyone bribed the schools. This time about asking each person to agree to a lie I was telling them.”
According to the motion, filed by Lori and Mossimo’s attorney Sean Berkowitz, Singer also noted the “Government’s desire to ‘nail’ one of the defendants ‘at all costs.'” The defendant they referred to was not Lori or Mossimo.
The docs, obtained by TMZ, also say Singer’s notes demonstrate that “those agents attempted to bully him into lying and saying something different” from what he told clients prior to the FBI beginning its wiretapping.
As Berkowitz says in the docs, Singer’s notes are “devastating to the Government’s case and demonstrate that the Government has been improperly withholding core exculpatory information, employing a ‘win at all costs’ effort rather than following their obligation to do justice.”
For now, Lori and Mossimo are requesting a postponement of setting a trial date, which was scheduled to happen Thursday in a Boston federal court — but their motion also informs the court they’re considering filing motions to dismiss and motions for sanctions against prosecutors for withholding this evidence.
They also point out prosecutors’ lengthy delay in handing over Singer’s notes has already screwed over defendants who took plea deals “without the benefit of this evidence.”
‘Greenhouse Academy’ Star Arrested for Hit & Run in Valley
SAN FERNANDO VALLEY (TMZ) — The star of Netflix’s “Greenhouse Academy” has been arrested after he allegedly struck two cars, injuring one of the occupants, and then leaving the scene.
Chris O’Neal was driving in the San Fernando Valley at around 11 PM Friday when he struck 2 cars, injuring one of the people inside … law enforcement sources tell TMZ.
Cops got 2 911 calls from different people, responded to the scene and saw tire tracks. They followed the tracks to a nearby front lawn where they found Chris’ ’94 Camaro with the actor inside, fully awake.
They gave him a field sobriety test and say he blew just over the legal limit.
Chris, who also starred in Nickelodeon’s “How to Rock,” “Swindle” and “You Gotta See This,” was arrested for felony hit and run and felony DUI.
As for the person who was hurt in the crash … we’re told the injuries are minor.
Pro Basketball Player Pleads in WeHo DUI Case
WEST HOLLYWOOD — NBA player Allen Lester Crabbe was arrested last summer for a DUI and entered a no contest plea, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced today. Crabbe, 27, entered the plea to one misdemeanor count of engaging in a motor vehicle exhibition of speed on a highway.
Crabbe was immediately sentenced to three years of summary probation and ordered to complete DUI first offender and Mothers Against Drunk Driving programs. Deputy District Attorney Lucrecia Boado said a Watson advisement also was given, stating that if he drives under the influence and a person is killed, he could be charged with murder.
On June 26, 2019, Crabbe was driving in West Hollywood when he was stopped by a sheriff’s deputy after showing signs of driving under the influence.
Rapper Pop Smoke Dead, Murdered in Hollywood Hills Invasion Robbery
HOLLYWOOD HILLS (TMZ) — Pop Smoke, an up and coming rapper, was shot and killed Wednesday morning in what appears to be a home invasion robbery … TMZ has learned.
The rapper was at a home in the Hollywood Hills at around 4:30 AM when 2 men wearing hoodies and masks broke into a house … this according to law enforcement sources. We’re told the 2 men fired multiple shots, striking and critically wounding Pop Smoke. The men were seen fleeing on foot.
Pop Smoke was rushed by ambulance to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in West Hollywood where he was pronounced dead.
The suspects have not been caught and as far as we know they have not been identified. It’s unclear if Pop Smoke knew the shooters. One man was placed in handcuffs but cops determined he was not involved and was released.
Pop Smoke released an album back in July and one of the songs, “Welcome to the Party,” blew up … it was considered by many the song of the summer. Nicki Minaj did a remix of the song a few months later. He also did a song, “Gatti,” with Travis Scott.
We got Pop Smoke out at LAX back in July, and he told us about a hoop dream that came true.
Pop Smoke was 20.
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