Actress Felicity Huffman will plead guilty to the fraud charge against her after being accused of bribing her daughter’s way into college.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, 13 others charged in the admissions scandal announced they would do the same.
The actress, who is married to actor William H. Macy, followed up the announcement of her intent to plead guilty with a statement. Macy will not be facing charges.
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As the THR reports, the statement began:
“I am pleading guilty to the charge brought against me by the United States Attorney’s Office. 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.”
The 56-year-old mother of two daughters went on to admit she is ashamed of her actions and the pain it ultimately caused her daughter.
Huffman allegedly paid someone $15,000 to take the SATs on behalf of her oldest daughter.
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The statement continued:
“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 “knew absolutely nothing about my actions”:
“…And in my misguided and profoundly wrong way, I have betrayed her. 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.”
Also accused in the scandal, dubbed “Operation Varsity Blues,” is former “Full House” actress Lori Loughlin, Dearly previously reported.
Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, were also charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud. They have not yet issued a plea.
Huffman could face 20 years in prison.
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