Saturday, April 20, 2024

Actress Felicity Huffman Sentenced to 14 Days in Jail and Community Service for College Admissions Scandal


Felicity Huffman has been sentenced to 14 days in jail, one year of supervised release, and250 hours of  community service for her role in the college admissions scandal. She will also pay a $30,000 fine.

The award winning actress spent $15,000 to get her daughter’s SAT test taken by someone else, and gain admission to college.

Huffman pleaded guilty immediately in federal court in Boston. Today she apologized in court. But Judge Indira Talwani said Huffman knew what she did was wrong, saying, “She knew it was a fraud it was not an impulsive act.”

Huffman told the court:  “I am sorry to you.”

“I am deeply ashamed of what I have done,” Huffman told the judge. “At the end of the day I had a choice to make. I could have said ‘no.’”

Prosecutors had wanted a 30 day jail sentence, so Huffman got a better deal in the end. Certainly the fact that she has no prior legal issues and was immediately contrite and did not fight her case or plead not guilty helped.

Now actress Lori Loughlin and her husband can get an idea of what’s going to happen to them if they lose their case. They pleaded not guilty after being accused of spending $500.000 to get their daughter into USC.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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