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'Desperate Housewives' Actress Felicity Huffman Responds to Student Fraud for the First Time: 'The Only Way to Give My Daughter a Future' |  celebrities

‘Desperate Housewives’ Actress Felicity Huffman Responds to Student Fraud for the First Time: ‘The Only Way to Give My Daughter a Future’ | celebrities

celebritiesDesperate Housewives actress Felicity Huffman, 60, is responding for the first time since pleading guilty in 2019 for her role in widespread student fraud. The actress admitted at the time that she paid $15,000 (about 14,000 euros) to boost her daughter’s exam scores. As a result, Felicity ended up spending eleven days in jail.

“People assume I got into this to find a way to cheat the exam system, to intentionally make criminal deals,” she says in an interview with ABC 7. “This is not the case,” she stresses before continuing her story. “I worked with the recommended academic advisor Rick Singer. He recommended programs and teachers for my daughter. But after a year, Rick told me that my daughter would not be able to go to the universities she wanted to attend. I believed it,” she continued.

“So he came up with a criminal plan. At that moment it seemed to me that my only option was to give my daughter a future. I felt like I would be a bad mother if I didn’t do that, so I went along with it. But that meant I had to break the law.”

The American actress ended up paying $15,000 to change her daughter’s exam answers. “I keep asking myself why I did it. Why did I say yes to a plan to break the law and compromise my integrity? What were the inner forces that drove me to do that?” she wrote in a statement at the time.

The judge sentenced her to 14 days in jail, but Felicity ultimately only had to stay in jail for 11 days. She also performed 250 hours of community service and was supervised for a year. Her daughter, Sophia, later retaked the exams and was eventually accepted into the theater program at Carnegie Mellon University, where she currently studies.

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