Sharing a bragging moment on social media backfired for rapper and producer Dr. Dre over the weekend, after comments apparently targeting other celebrity parents' alleged involvement in a college bribery scheme led others to point out his own hefty donation to the university that recently admitted his daughter.
The hip hop mogul, born Andre Young, took to social media on Sunday to share a photo of him and his daughter, Truly Young, posing with her acceptance letter to the University of Southern California, the same school that actress Lori Loughlin and her husband, designer Mossimo Giannulli, allegedly paid $500,000 in bribe money so that their daughters would be accepted.
Loughlin, Giannulli and actress Felicity Huffman were among dozens of wealthy parents charged in the multi-level scheme that allegedly involved parents handing over hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribe money to William Singer, the owner of a college prep company, who would then arrange for his client’s children to gain entry to elite schools, either by assisting them in cheating on their SATs or by securing their recruitment as a student athlete, even if they did not play any sports.
Dre seemed to reference the scandal in the caption of his post, writing, “My daughter got accepted into USC all on her own. No jail time!!!!”
Not long after Dre posted, critics flocked to his comments section to point out that, prior to his daughter’s recent admission to the school, he and producer Jimmy Iovine donated $70 million to the university in 2013. The hefty donation went toward the creation of the USC Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy for Arts, Technology and the Business of Innovation, a program catering to students interested in the cross-sections between music and business, according to a release from the school.
Dre quickly deleted the post, according to TMZ.
Dre is not the only celeb to chime in on the scandal. Actress Julia Roberts called the situation “sad,” while actor Jim Carrey took aim at Loughlin, Huffman, and “all cheaters” in a painting that gave Loughlin a “failing grade.”
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