New-York born actress Felicity Huffman, who pleaded guilty to federal charges in the month of May, has her sentencing scheduled for September 13. Ahead of her sentencing, other celebrities including Felicity’s co-workers have been writing the letters of support for the actress.
Huffman, who began her acting career from theatre in 1990s, did many supporting roles in the film and television. She is best known for her role as Lynette Scavo in the ABC comedy-drama Desperate Housewives (2004–2012). She even earned a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead in Comedy Series. Moreover, she is also a recipient of a Golden Globe Award and three Screen Actors Guild Awards.
In March, Felicity Huffman was arrested for her involvement with a nationwide college entrance exam cheating scandal, wherein the actress was charged with a conspiracy to commit mail fraud. Though she was released on $250,000 bail.
In May, Huffman accepted the fact that she paid $15,000 to a fake charity, associated with Rick Singer that facilitated cheating for her daughter, who was to answer the SAT questions. Rick Singer confessed that he helped the wealthy parents cheat on standardized tests for their children. He even bribed college coaches to falsely designate students as recruited athletes, smoothing their path to admission.
With the sentencing date of the TV star nearing in September, the actress’s attorney in a new filing said, “Felicity is remorseful — indeed, deeply ashamed — about what she did.”
Felicity Huffman, who remained ashamed of her acts also said, “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.”
Considering Huffman’s decision to cheat as a “deliberate and knowing” act, the US government on Friday requested the actress to be sentenced to a month of prison followed by 12 months of supervised release and pay a $20,000 fine.
Two out of the 27 letters that came in support for the actress had deep significance in her life as one came from Huffman’s husband actor William H. Macy, and another from actress Eva Longoria, who is a co-worker from “Desperate Housewives”.
Describing Huffman as a good friend in her letter, Longoria wrote that Huffman supported her in her tough time and helped her with contract negotiations during the work. She even wrote that she would “not have survived those 10 years if it wasn’t for the friendship of Felicity”.
Macy, while describing the difficult situations he and his family was going through post his wife’s arrest wrote, “If I may I’d like to tell you one more thing: every good thing in my life is because of Felicity Huffman.”