AMERICAN actress Felicity Huffman has been jailed for 14 days after being caught in a huge college admissions scandal.
The Hollywood actress cried as she was handed her prison sentence. But what did she do and what has her husband said? Here’s the latest.
Felicity Huffman broke down in tears as she was jailed for 14 days[/caption]
Who is Felicity Huffman?
Felicity Huffman, 56, was born in Bedford, New York, in 1962 into a wealthy Christian family.
Huffman is a well-known American actress who has won many Hollywood awards for her roles.
She has previously won a Primetime Emmy Award, a Golden Globe Award, three Screen Actors Guild Awards, and has received nominations for an Academy Award, and a BAFTA Award.
She is best known for her role as Lynette Scavo in the ABC comedy-drama Desperate Housewives.
For that role, she earned the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, three Screen Actors Guild Awards, and three consecutive Golden Globe nominations.
Huffman’s husband actor William H. Macy (right) was not charged[/caption]
Why was she jailed?
Felicity Huffman broke down in tears as she was jailed for 14 days for her part in the college bribery scandal.
Huffman admitted to paying $15,000 (£12,000) to rig her daughter’s SAT scores, tearfully apologising to the teen for not trusting her abilities.
“I was frightened, I was stupid, and I was so wrong,” Huffman, 56, said as she was sentenced at a court in Boston, US.
The actress became the first parent sentenced in a college admissions scandal that ensnared dozens of wealthy mums and dads.
The scandal exposed the lengths to which parents will go to get their children into the “right” schools and reinforced suspicions that the process is slanted toward the rich.
In sentencing Huffman, U.S. District Judge Indira Talwani noted the outrage the case has generated.
The outrage, she said, was because Huffman took steps “to get one more advantage” in a system “already so distorted by money and privilege.”
Prosecutors had sought a month in prison for Huffman, while her lawyers said she should get probation.
Huffman paid $15,000 to boost her older daughter’s SAT scores with the help of William “Rick” Singer, an admission consultant at the centre of the scheme.
She pleaded guilty in May to a single count of conspiracy and fraud as part of a deal with prosecutors.
Huffman must report for her prison sentence in six weeks. She also must pay a $30,000 fine and perform 250 hours of community service.
“I would like to apologise again to my daughter, my husband, my family and the educational community for my actions,” Huffman said in a statement.
“And I especially want to apologise to the students who work hard every day to get into college, and to their parents who make tremendous sacrifices supporting their children.”
Huffman admitted to paying $15,000 (£12,000) to rig her daughter’s SAT scores[/caption]
What has her husband William H. Macy said?
Huffman’s husband, also famous actor William H. Macy, was not charged.
The 69-year-old actor submitted a letter of support to Judge Indira Talwani ahead of Huffman’s sentencing, saying the actress’s relationship “with her daughters exploded on March 12th.”
He wrote: “Rebuilding that relationship will be a long process. But I also want you to know Felicity has raised two amazing young women.”
Macy wrote the actress “was largely raised by either her sisters or, being the youngest, left to her own devices.”
He added: “As an example, she moved to Los Angeles for a year when she was 15 years old to pursue acting.
“She lived with a 22-year-old friend of the family and put herself in high school and found her way to auditions and classes all on her own.
“I think the result of her unstructured upbringing was a determination that her children would always have a mother there backing them up.
“As crazy as her life was in Woody Creek, Felicity’s family is very close.
“She talks to at least one of her siblings almost daily and one of the joys of my life was being accepted into the Huffman clan. Felicity’s family is her world.”
Huffman, centre right, with husband William H Macy, left, and daughters Georgia Macy, centre left, and Sophia Macy, right, whose exam results were rigged[/caption]
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Do they have children?
The couple have two daughters; Georgia, 17, and Sophia, 19, – whose SAT scores were rigged.
The actress has said her daughter, Sophia, was unaware of the arrangement.
Authorities said Sophia got a bump of 400 points from her earlier score on the PSAT, a practice version of the SAT.
Prosecutors have not said which colleges her daughter applied to with the fraudulent SAT score.
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