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Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 19 April 2019

Dr Dre boasts that daughter got into college 'on her own' six years after he donated $70m

The rapper's child has been admitted to USC, where her father has a building named after him

Rapper and producer Dr Dre donated $70 million to USC in 2013. AFP
Rapper and producer Dr Dre donated $70 million to USC in 2013. AFP

In the wake of a number of celebrities facing charges in a college cheating scandal, one proud A-list parent has been celebrating his daughter's unbribed admission into higher education.

However, there's a catch.

Andre Young, the rapper and music producer known professionally as Dr Dre, posted a photo on Instagram last week, with his 18-year-old daughter Truly.

“My daughter got accepted into USC all on her own. No jail time!!!” the music mogul captioned the shot, in which his child clutched her official admissions letter from the University of Southern California, in a thinly veiled reference to the recent scandal.

USC was embroiled in controversy earlier this month, after it was alleged that several high-profile parents had paid thousands of dollars to have their children admitted under falsified applications.

Actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin have been charged for their alleged involvement in the scandal, with the latter paying $500,000 to gain her two daughters entry into USC, according to court documents.

However, while Young's caption suggested his daughter gained entry to the university on her own terms, commenters were quick to point out the rapper's previous financial contributions to the institution.

In fact, the Forgot About Dre star donated $70 million to USC back in 2013, together with fellow music producer and Beats Electronics co-founder Jimmy Iovine.

Dr. Dre (right) and Jimmy Iovine (left)
Dr Dre and Jimmy Iovine have a building at USC named after them

The donation allowed the college to found the USC Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy for Arts, Technology and the Business of Innovation.

In light of the resurfaced news about his donation, Young removed his congratulatory post from Instagram on Sunday afternoon, as did his daughter, who had earlier written on her Instagram Stories: "All my hard work paid off. I'm going to film school."

Making large financial contributions to universities isn't an illegal way to boost the chances of a donor's child gaining admission to college, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The alleged admissions scam, however, for which 44 people have been charged, saw wealthy parents pay to get their children into top universities as recruited athletes, regardless of their ability. The parents involved also paid for adults to falsely take exams for their children, or for their exams to be incorrectly marked and corrected.

Following the charges, Full House star Loughlin was dropped by the Hallmark Channel and her influencer daughter, Olivia Jade, has lost sponsorship deals with Sephora and Tresemme.

Updated: March 25, 2019 10:48 AM

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