Actress Felicity Huffman pleads guilty in college admissions scandal

Brenda Watkins
Мая 14, 2019

Actress Felicity Huffman tearfully pleaded guilty on Monday to paying to rig a college-entrance exam for her daughter, part of a wide-ranging scandal in which wealthy parents used fraud to secure their children spots at prominent US universities.

All that is far from ideal, but things could be a lot worse for Huffman; her daughter has yet to get embroiled in any yacht- or influencer-related drama, and her husband, the actor William H. Macy, has yet to face any charges. Whereas the identity of the family that paid $1.2 million was only recently learned, Huffman, who paid the comparatively teeny fee of $15,000 to boost her daughter's SAT scores, has been making headlines for weeks-particularly after seven Federal Bureau of Investigation agents took her into custody in mid-March, prompting her to pay a $250,000 bail. This was 400 points higher than her Preliminary SAT scores. Prosecutors have said they will seek between four and 10 months in prison.

U.S. District Judge Indira Talwani asked Huffman if she was pleading guilty without any threats or pressure.

During the hearing, prosecutors said they will recommend that Huffman which is one of dozens of parents ensnared in the nationwide admissions cheating scandal serve four months in prison, pay a $20,000 fine and spend a year on supervised release after her prison time.

Sentencing ultimately falls on the judge's shoulders, and as part of the agreement Huffman waived her ability to appeal the judge's decision up to 20 years in prison, according to USA Today. In a statement last month, Felicity said she was in "full acceptance" of her guilt.

"Everything else Mr. Rosen said I did, I did", she said.

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Several parents have already pleaded guilty, including Gordon Caplan and Bruce and Davina Isackson.

The following day, when a counselor at her daughter's school told Huffman she would have to take the test at her own school, the actress emailed Singer again: "Ruh Ro!"

Huffman's daughter took the SAT in December 2017.

Two months later, Huffman and Macy paid $15,000 to Singer's foundation. Huffman paid Singer $15,000 to have a proctor correct her older daughter's SAT answers and considered going through with the plan for her younger daughter before deciding not to, authorities say.

A California businessman has pleaded guilty to paying $250,000 in bribes to get his son into the University of Southern California as a fake water polo recruit.

Parents still fighting the charges include fellow actress Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli.

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