Felicity Huffman Breaks Down While Pleading Guilty In College Admissions Bribery Scandal, Likely To Go To Jail
On May 13, actress Felicity Huffman pleaded guilty in a Boston court for her participation in the bribery scandal college, CNN reports. Prosecutors recommended she go to jail for four months with an additional fine and 12 months of supervised release afterward. She will be sentenced in September.
As she spoke in front of the federal judge and admitted to the felony charges, she broke down crying because of her mistakes.
According to CNN, right before she started to cry, she said:
"I had no knowledge of Mr. Singer [the organizer of the scam] paying (others). Everything else (prosecutors) said I did, I did."
This scandal was recently uncovered in which wealthy parents donated to a fake charity that helped their children get into prestigious universities. Huffman was just one of many parents caught in the intricate cheating, lying, and deceiving system of Rick Singer, the leader of the entire thing.
Just one of the underhanded tactics were reportedly to bribe coaches, and in Huffman’s daughter’s case, to take the SAT exam with extra time monitored by a test administrator who Singer bribed. Emails were swapped between Singer and Huffman to organize the setup.
Huffman, the “Desperate Housewives” actress admitted to paying $15,000 for such services and cops to her wrongdoing.
In a statement to the press released in April, she fully admitted her guilt:
"I am ashamed of the pain I have caused my daughter, my family, my friends, my colleagues and the educational community. I want to apologize to them and, especially, I want to apologize to the students who work hard every day to get into college, and to their parents who make tremendous sacrifices to support their children and do so honestly."
Her husband, actor William H. Macy has not been charged in the case.
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