Desperate Housewives star Felicity Huffman is one of 13 wealthy parents pleading guilty to charges of bribery and fraud in the infamous college admissions “Varsity Blues” scandal. In a statement, Huffman shared her plan to plead guilty to paying $15,000 to a fake charity associated with Rick Singer, the facilitator of the scheme, for an inflated SAT result for her daughter.
In the statement, Huffman said she is ashamed of her actions and will take full responsibility for them. She also apologized to students who earned admission to college the honest way.
“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,” she said. “I am ashamed of the pain I have caused my daughter, my family, my friends, my colleagues and the educational community. I want to apologize to them and, especially, I want to apologize to the students who work hard every day to get into college, and to their parents who make tremendous sacrifices to support their children and do so honestly.”
Huffman added that her daughter, Sofia Macy, wasn’t aware of the dishonest method by which she received her SAT score. Huffman’s husband, actor William H. Macy, was not indicted in the case, though there are reports that he was aware of his wife’s actions based on early wiretap reports.
“My daughter knew absolutely nothing about my actions, and in my misguided and profoundly wrong way, I have betrayed her,” she said. “This transgression toward her and the public I will carry for the rest of my life. My desire to help my daughter is no excuse to break the law or engage in dishonesty.”
It was reported last week that prosecutors in the case are likely seeking up to two years of jail time for defendants. Lori Loughlin, the other prominent name in the more than 30 parents charged in the scandal, was not one of the 13 who admitted guilt.