Hollywood actress Felicity Huffman says that she feels as though she betrayed her daughter for arranging to “cheat” on her college admissions exam.
As part of her plea deal, prosecutors are giving Huffman just four to ten months behind bars. She has also agreed to pay the $20,000 fine. Huffman and her husband, actor William H. Macy reportedly made a charitable donation in the amount of $15,000 in order to secure a spot for their daughter at the school of her choice. It’s also been noted that the Hollywood couple made similar arrangements for their other daughter. However, they decided to back out at the last minute.
According to PEOPLE, Huffman says that she not only admits to her guilt, but she also takes responsibility for all of the shame that the scandal has brought on to her family, and in particular to her daughter. Huffman and Macy have two children, Sofia Grace, and Georgia Grace.
“I am pleading guilty to the charge brought against me by the United States Attorney’s Office,” Huffman wrote in the statement, obtained by PEOPLE. “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.
“I am ashamed of the pain I have caused my daughter, my family, my friends, my colleagues and the educational community,” she adds. “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."
She also says that she’s caused a lot of pain to not only her family but her friends, her colleagues and those in the education community.
The actress also reiterated that her plan to cheat on her daughter’s college admissions exam was done without her knowledge. She says that in doing so, her desire to help her daughter made her break the law.
In a statement, the former Desperate Housewives star said to the press, “I accept full responsibility for my actions and will accept the consequences … my daughter knew absolutely nothing… and in my misguided and profoundly wrong way, I have betrayed her."
All of the parents connected to the case, along with actress Lori Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli, will have to return to Boston to enter formal guilty pleas. Huffman and Loughlin were two of about 50 wealthy and high-profile parents that were connected to the college admissions scandal that has rocked college campuses and universities throughout the nation.
There are also several other parents under investigation in the state of California. Their names have not yet been released to the public.
Others involved in the college admissions scams include athletic recruiters and coaches from top tier universities such as Yale, Stanford, Georgetown and Wake Forest universities.