July 16, 2024

Emmy Award-winning “Determined Housewives” star Felicity Huffman spoke out for the primary time after her time in jail, discussing the school admissions scandal — dubbed “Operation Varsity Blues” — that despatched her to jail. 

Huffman was charged after being accused of paying $15,000 to the unlawful scheme’s mastermind, Rick Singer, to hike up her daughter’s SAT scores. 

“I do know hindsight is 20/20, but it surely felt like I might be a nasty mom if I didn’t do it,” Huffman mentioned. 

She informed Los Angeles station KABC her aspect of the story. 

The actor mentioned she felt ashamed for collaborating within the rip-off, and she or he despatched out an apology directed on the “college students and the households that sacrifice and work actually arduous to get to the place they’re going legitimately.”

Huffman was sentenced in late 2019 to 14 days in jail, after which to serve a yr on probation with the order to additionally carry out 250 hours of neighborhood service. She was additionally fined double the quantity she paid into the scheme, a penalty of $30,000.

Rick Singer was sentenced earlier this yr to three 1/2 years in jail and compelled to forfeit $10 million after he was convicted of acquiring funds from the dad and mom of scholars who sought to extend their youngsters’s standardized testing scores. Singer was additionally charged with bribing faculty officers. 

A complete of 33 rich dad and mom confronted expenses from federal authorities within the rip-off, accused of conspiring to make the most of ways like fraud and bribery to have their youngsters admitted into prime universities. 

Among the most well-known names concerned within the criminality other than Huffman had been actor Lori Loughlin and her husband, designer Mossimo Giannulli.

Huffman’s husband, well-known U.S. actor William H. Macy, was not charged. 

Scripps Information has reached out to representatives for Felicity Huffman for additional remark.

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