A tearful Felicity Huffman officially pleaded guilty in connection to the US college admissions cheating scandal on Monday (May 13), as prosecutors recommended the Desperate Housewives star receive four months in jail for her involvement in the case.
Felicity is accused of paying US$15,000 to have answers corrected on her daughter Sofia Grace Macy’s SAT exam. Following her plea, a judge asked Felicity if she understood she was waiving her right to a trial. She said yes, and also said she had “requested, for legitimate medical reasons,” that Sofia, who sees a neuropsychologist, receive extra time on the test, according to NBC News.
“I didn’t want to give the impression the neuropsychologist knew about this,” Felicity told the judge while breaking down, NBC News reports. “Everything else they say I did, I did.”
Last month, Felicity agreed to plead guilty to charges including conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud connection with the case. Then, the mom of two said she was “ashamed” of her actions and had “betrayed her daughter.”
“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 told the judge on April 9.
“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.
“My daughter knew absolutely nothing about my actions, and in my misguided and profoundly wrong way, I have betrayed her,” Felicity continued. “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.”
In April, a complaint said the Emmy Award-winner admitted to paying US$15,000 to California college admissions consultant William “Rick” Singer, which was disguised as a charitable donation and was intended “facilitate cheating” on her daughter’s SAT score, according to CNN. Then, 12 other parents also said they would plead guilty in connection with the scandal.
Businessman Devin Sloane, who was accused of paying US$250,000 for his son to be admitted as a water polo recruit at the University of Southern California, also pleaded guilty on Monday. Felicity will be sentenced on Sept. 13.