Felicity Huffman Expected To Plead Guilty Today In College Admission Scandal

Brenda Watkins
May 13, 2019

Actress Felicity Huffman is expected to plead guilty Monday to having a role in what prosecutors called the "largest college admissions scam" ever uncovered by the U.S. Department of Justice.

Previously, Huffman said, "I am in full acceptance of my guilt, and with deep regret and shame over what I have done, I accept full responsibility for my actions and will accept the consequences that stem from those actions".

The former "Desperate Housewives" actress and Sloane were among 50 parents charged in March with paying thousands to Singer to get their children admitted to elite American universities, either through doctored exam results or falsified sports profiles.

Huffman's daughter received an SAT score of 1420 out of a possible 1600 - about 400 points higher than her Preliminary SAT exam a year earlier. "My desire to help my daughter is no excuse to break the law or engage in dishonesty".

A source tells ET that Huffman is definitely trying to atone for her actions.

Investigators have said Macy, 69, was with her when admissions consultant Rick Singer explained how he could arrange for the cheating because he "controlled" a test centre.

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The judge asked Huffman if she had "any dispute that you reached an agreement and ultimately paid $15,000 to enable (a bribed scorer) to correct your daughter's SAT test?"

Felicity Huffman arrives at federal court May 13, 2019, in Boston.

Rosen also said Huffman scored "multiple concessions" from the government, including avoiding prosecution for money laundering.

Also scheduled to plead guilty Monday is Los Angeles businessman Devin Sloane, who authorities say paid $250,000 to get his son into USC as a fake water polo recruit.

Strategies included paying invigilators to fix answers, and allowing impostors to sit the exams. Huffman was also nominated for an Oscar for playing a transgender woman in the movie Transamerica. Seventeen other parents, including Loughlin, have made a decision to fight the charges and formally submitted not guilty pleas.

Experts differ on the long-term impact the scandal will have on Huffman's career. Judge Talwani confirmed to Huffman after asking repeatedly that she was sure she wanted to plead guilty, that she has lost a number of rights: gun ownership, voting in many states, and holding office. According to TMZ, Loughlin's husband Mossimo Giannulli was arrested and she plans to turn herself in when she returns to L.A. He began working with authorities past year and secretly recorded his conversations with Loughlin, Huffman and other parents in the hopes of getting a lenient sentence.

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