Felicity Huffman Set to Plead Guilty in College Admissions Scandal

Desperate Housewives star says she is "in full acceptance of my guilt"

By Mike Vulpo Apr 08, 2019 7:07 PMTags
Watch: Felicity Huffman Pleads Guilty: "I Accept Full Responsibility"

Felicity Huffman is taking responsibility for her actions.

On Monday afternoon, the Department of Justice announced in a press release that 13 parents and one university athletic coach have agreed to plead guilty to charges of mail fraud and honest services mail fraud.

One of those parents is in fact the Desperate Housewives star.

"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," Felicity shared in a statement. "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 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."

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Felicity ended her statement by making it clear that her daughter was not aware of her mother's actions.

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"My daughter knew absolutely nothing about my actions, and in my misguided and profoundly wrong way, I have betrayed her," the actress shared. "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."

Felicity and husband William H. Macy are parents to Sofia Grace Macy, 18, and Georgia Grace Macy, 16.

Felicity and other defendants were arrested last month and charged with conspiring with William "Rick" Singer and others to use bribery and other forms of fraud to secure the admission of students to colleges and universities.

According to the Department of Justice, the conspiracy involved bribing SAT and ACT exam administrators to allow a test taker to secretly take college entrance exams in place of students, or to correct the students' answers after they had taken the exam.

Just last week, Felicity headed to a Boston federal court to attend a hearing in connection with the college admissions scandal. Since being arrested, Felicity has remained silent on the legal situation and even deleted all of her social media accounts. 

As for Lori Loughlin and husband Mossimo Giannulli, they have yet to speak out on the scandal. In fact, they continue to keep a low-profile in Southern California. 

"[Mossimo] is mortified by this whole thing and wants to avoid unwanted attention in public," an insider shared with E! News after their court appearance. "It's extremely awkward and they know they can't say anything."