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It was a full house when Lori Loughlin appeared in US District Court in the Seaport Wednesday, one of dozens of parents, coaches, and private admissions counselors charged in the college admissions scandal rocking the world of higher education.

The controversy surrounding Loughlin’s Boston visit didn’t stop the actress from signing autographs and posing for photos with fans outside her Back Bay hotel, according to People magazine.

Loughlin, the one-time star of “Full House,” and her husband, designer Mossimo Giannulli, are accused of participating in the college bribery scheme, allegedly paying $500,000 to get their two daughters into the University of Southern California.

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Loughlin and Giannulli flew into Logan Airport on a private plane Tuesday, according to People. Loughlin, who in recent years reprised her role as Aunt Becky for the “Fuller House” reboot on Netflix, was greeted by fans at Logan, where she stopped to sign autographs, according to the Daily Mail.

The 54-year-old actress — outfitted in a camel coat, wide-leg gray trousers, and mirrored sunglasses — was also spotted by fans outside her hotel in Copley Square where she signed autographs and posed for pictures. Photos show the actress grinning for cameras.

As she arrived at court around 2 p.m. Wednesday, Loughlin could be seen smiling and waving to people as she walked past a crowd of media and fans, at one point saying “hi” and “thank you, thank you” to someone. She ignored shouted questions from the media.

And while she was in the actual courtroom, Loughlin could be seen reaching over and greeting the prosecutors who brought the case against her, smiling broadly and shaking their hands.

“Desperate Housewives” actress Felicity Huffman also appeared in federal court in Boston on Wednesday, but seemed much more solemn.

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Actress Felicity Huffman left court in Boston on Wednesday.
Actress Felicity Huffman left court in Boston on Wednesday. Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff/Globe Staff

Huffman allegedly paid to have her daughter’s SAT scores doctored as part of the admissions scam. The scheme was overseen by William “Rick” Singer, who ran a private college counseling service called Edge College & Career Network LLC.

Singer cooperated with investigators and has pleaded guilty to charges in the scheme, which has seen wealthy parents from Cape Cod to Hollywood accused of paying as much as $6.5 million to help their children get into elite colleges. In some cases, private proctors oversaw testing to boost students’ scores. In others, coaches were allegedly bribed to admit students as recruits on athletic teams.


Jaclyn Reiss and Shelley Murphy of the Globe staff contributed to this report. Material from the Boston Globe was used in this report. Hayley Kaufman can be reached at hayley.kaufman@globe.com.