Felicity Huffman to Plead Guilty in College Admissions Scandal

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According to the Hollywood Reporter, Felicity Huffman will plead guilty to paying a large bribe—a purported $15,000 to have someone else take her eldest daughter’s SAT and secure her a place at an elite university—in the ongoing college admission scandal referred to as “Operation Varsity Blues.” Huffman released a lengthy public statement outlining her plans and apologizing for her actions.

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She said:

“I am pleading guilty to the charge brought against me by the United States Attorney’s Office. 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.”

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She continued, apologizing directly to “the students who work hard every day to get into college.”:

I am ashamed of the pain I have caused my daughter, my family, my friends, my colleagues and the educational community. 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. My daughter knew absolutely nothing about my actions, and in my misguided and profoundly wrong way, I have betrayed her. This transgression toward her and the public I will carry for the rest of my life. My desire to help my daughter is no excuse to break the law or engage in dishonesty.”

Huffman was indicted in federal court on March 12 and is currently out on a $250,000 bond.

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I admit it is a low low low bar these days but this was a hella refreshing ACTUAL apology.