Actress Felicity Huffman Jailed over Bribery Scandal
Actress Felicity Huffman on Friday was sentenced after she pleaded guilty in a college admissions fraud scandal — and she actually got jail time, 14 days in the clink.
The “Desperate Housewives” appeared in Boston’s federal court, where she reportedly made yet another tearful apology for her actions.“I am deeply ashamed of what I have done. I have inflicted more damage than I could ever imagine,” she said before sentencing.
While prosecutors had recommended the 56-year-old actress serve one month in prison, the judge cut that in half. Prosecutors also called for a $20,000 fine — the judge upped that to $30,000. The judge also gave Huffman 250 hours of community service and a year of supervised release.
Huffman had asked the judge through her attorneys for no jail time and only a year of probation and service to the society. The actress had two dozen friends writing letters of assistance in a desperate effort to vacate jail time, including her husband William H. Macy and Eva Longoria, who starred in “Desperate Housewives” with her.
In pleading guilty, Huffman confessed to paying $15,000 in 2017 with the help of an admissions advisor at the core of the plan to artificially raise the SAT results of her elderly daughter. The shady agreement was not known to Huffman’s daughter, prosecutors said.
Huffman had blamed an attempt to be a “good mother” for her actions.
“In my desperation to be a good mother, I talked myself into believing that all I was doing was giving my daughter a fair shot,” Huffman wrote in three-page letter to the judge in September. “I see the irony in that statement now because what I have done is the opposite of fair. I have broken the law, deceived the educational community, betrayed my daughter, and failed my family.”
But U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling argued that Huffman knew that the system was incorrect and was still involved.
Huffman must report to jail Oct. 25.
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