The former “Desperate Housewives” star Felicity Huffman served 11 days of a 14 year sentence back in 2019 for her role in the infamous college admissions scandal that was dubbed “Operation Varsity Blues.” Now, Huffman is speaking out to play the victim, claiming that she is still feeling the repercussions from this scandal years later.
Huffman Speaks Out
“I walk into the room with it. I did it. It’s black and white,” Huffman, 61, told The Guardian. “How I am is kind of a loaded question. As long as my kids are well and my husband is well, I feel like I’m well.”
Fox News reported that Huffman went to prison for nearly two weeks after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud. This came after she bribed a college prep expert $15,000 to alter her daughter’s SAT scores to get her into college. On top of the prison sentence, Huffman was ordered to pay $30,000 in fines and complete 250 hours of community service.
Five years later, Huffman believes her Hollywood career has suffered because of the scandal.
“I did a pilot for ABC recently that didn’t get picked up. It’s been hard,” she said. “Sort of like your old life died and you died with it.”
“I’m not in any way whitewashing what I did but some people have been kind and compassionate,” she added. “Others have not.”
Huffman went on to say that she feels “grateful” for her daughters Georgia, 21, and Sofia, 23, whom she shares with her husband of 27 years, William H. Macy of Fargo fame.
“I’m lucky enough to have a family and love and means, so I had a place to land,” she admitted.
Huffman Reveals Why She Took Part In Scandal
Huffmann previously opened up about why she chose to take part in this scandal in the first place back in December.
“People assume that I went into this looking for a way to cheat the system and making proverbial criminal deals in back alleys, but that was not the case,” she said at the time. “I worked with a highly recommended college counselor named Rick Singer. I worked with him for a year and trusted him implicitly; he recommended programs and tutors, and he was the expert.
“And after a year, he started to say, ‘Your daughter is not going to get into any of the colleges that she wants to.’ And, so, I believed him,” she continued. “When he slowly started to present the criminal scheme, it seemed like — and I know this seems crazy at the time — that that was my only option to give my daughter a future. I know hindsight is 20/20, but it felt like I would be a bad mother if I didn’t do it. So, I did it.”
It should be noted that as the child of two wealthy Oscar-nominated Hollywood stars, Huffman’s daughter certainly does have a better chance at “a future” than the vast majority of young people in this country, particularly in Joe Biden’s America.
Huffman’s Next Role
Huffman is now trying to put this behind her, as she is currently preparing to play the role of Paige, the mother of a transgender child, in London’s Park Theater revival of Taylor Mac’s “Hir,” which runs February 15 through March 16. Huffman fondly described Paige as a woman who only recently pledged allegiance to the “LGBTTSQQIAA” community, which she pronounces as “Luggabuttsqueeah.”
“Paige has the enthusiasm of a new convert,” Huffman said of Paige. “She’s a zealot, but in a good way. She has been contained for so long and now she is free. If she thinks something, it comes straight out of her mouth.”
Do you think Huffman should be forgiven, or is it fair for her to continue to be targeted by cancel culture? Let us know in the comments section.
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