Felicity Huffman has spoken out for the first time since the 2019 college admissions scandal rocked Hollywood. IN 2019, Huffman served 11 days in prison after she was found to have paid 15,000 dollars to College Counselor William Singer in order to falsify her daughter’s SAT scores.
In an interview with ABC-7 Eyewitness News Huffman explained her logic behind committing the crime.
“People assume that I went into this looking for a way to cheat the system and making proverbial criminal deals in back alleys, but that was not the case,” she said. “I worked with a highly recommended college counselor named Rick Singer. I worked with him for a year and trusted him implicitly; he recommended programs and tutors and he was the expert. And after a year, he started to say, ‘Your daughter is not going to get into any of the colleges that she wants to.’ And so, I believed him.”
She continued, “When he slowly started to present the criminal scheme, it seemed like — and I know this seems crazy at the time — that that was my only option to give my daughter a future. I know hindsight is 20/20 but it felt like I would be a bad mother if I didn’t do it. So, I did it.”
“It felt like I had to give my daughter a chance at a future,” she said. “And so it was sort of like my daughter’s future, which meant I had to break the law.”
Huffamn pleaded guilty to having the proctor doctor her daughter’s SAT scores in September 2019. The star was also sentenced to 250 hours of community service and was on supervised release for one year.