Felicity Huffman walked into a Boston courtroom to make it official on Monday that she’s pleading guilty for her role in the college admissions scandal.
The actress arrived at the Boston courthouse with her brother. There was no sign of Felicity’s husband,William H. Macy.
Huffman, of Los Angeles, was among 33 parents charged in March when federal prosecutors disclosed an investigation of an illicit scheme that a college admissions consultant orchestrated to help children of the wealthy get into prominent universities. The two-part scheme, prosecutors said, included cheating on tests and helping applicants pose as recruited athletes to improve their chances of admission.
According to an investigator’s affidavit filed in federal court in Boston, Huffman paid $15,000 to a sham charity controlled by admissions consultant William “Rick” Singer in exchange for help obtaining a fraudulent SAT score for her older daughter. The affidavit says that Huffman’s daughter took the SAT in December 2017 at a testing center in West Hollywood, Calif., and received a score of 1420. The test was proctored by a testing expert whom Singer frequently paid, investigators said, to facilitate cheating by surreptitiously correcting answers or otherwise helping students during the exam.
Huffman released a statement saying she was ashamed of the pain she caused her daughter and her family, adding … “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.”