Felicity Huffman Tearfully Pleads Guilty Over Admissions Scandal
The actress broke down in court as she pleaded guilty to federal charges on Monday.
'Desperate Housewives' star Felicity Huffman has broken down in a US court after pleading guilty to fraudulently conspiring to secure a college place for her daughter, revealing that she paid a fixer thousands of dollars to boost her daughter's chance of admission.
Huffman admitted to paying $15,000 to William “Rick” Singer and his nonprofit organisation, Key Worldwide Foundation (“KWF”), which prosecutors allege was actually a fake charity used as a front for accepting bribes.
The 56-year-old was among 50 charged in the college admissions scandal -- including fellow actress Lori Loughlin and her husband.
During the proceedings, the judge asked Huffman if she had “any dispute that you reached an agreement and ultimately paid $15,000 to enable (a bribed scorer) to correct your daughter’s SAT test?”
“No, your honour,” Huffman replied.
Huffman added that both her daughter and the psychologist who helped her daughter acquire extra test time had no knowledge of the arrangement.
“Everything else (the prosecutor) said I did, I did,” she said.
In a statement last month, she said she was in "full acceptance" of her guilt, with prosecutors recommending a four-month prison term and a $20,000 fine.
“I am in full acceptance of my guilt, and with deep regret and shame over what I have done," she said in April. "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 continued.
“I want to apologise to them and, especially, I want to apologise 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 will be sentenced September 13.