FELICITY HUFFMAN AGREES TO PLEAD GUILTY IN COLLEGE SCAM
BOSTON (AP) – Felicity Huffman says she’s sorry for being involved in a scam to get her daughter into college – and will take her legal lumps for her actions. The actress was among a dozen well-heeled parents federal authorities say have agreed to plead guilty in the college admission bribery scandal. Huffman is charged with paying a consultant $15,000 to boost her daughter’s SAT scores. The charges could get her up to 20 years in prison. But under the plea deal, prosecutors will seek a much lower sentence of four to 10 months. Federal authorities say Huffman and her husband, actor William H. Macy, were involved in the scheme. Macy wasn’t charged – and authorities haven’t said why.
FELICITY HUFFMAN ISSUES STATEMENT OF APOLOGY
BOSTON (AP) – It’s as close as you could get to a textbook apology for wrongdoing. In a statement issued yesterday, actress Felicity Huffman said she was sorry, owned up to her actions – and said she’d accept the consequences for what she did. The actress also said her daughter didn’t know of what Huffman calls her “misguided and profoundly wrong” effort to game the system. Huffman says the mistake is something she will carry the rest of her life. The statement didn’t mention her husband, actor William H. Macy. He wasn’t charged in the scandal, though the feds say he was in on talks to rig their daughter’s path to college.
FELICITY HUFFMAN – MOVIE RELEASE DELAYED
BOSTON (AP) – She may be getting her legal house in order. But Felicity Huffman is also facing career consequences from her involvement in a college admissions bribery scam. Netflix says it’s moving the release date of a film she stars in. The streaming service says “Otherhood” won’t be released on April 26 – and didn’t say when it would be. The rom-com stars Huffman, Patricia Arquette and Angela Bassett. Word of the schedule change came hours after Huffman announced she’d plead guilty in the college scam case.
LORI LOUGHLIN – SCANDAL
BOSTON (AP) – So, does the plea deal Felicity Huffman took mean the other actress in the college bribery scandal will do the same? So far, the answer is no. Lori Loughlin, who was in “Full House,” and her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, are charged with paying a half million dollars to get their girls into USC as crew recruits, even though neither rowed. The couple isn’t on the list of those who’ve agreed to plead guilty. And to date, neither has publicly spoken about the case.
ALLISON MACK – GUILTY PLEA
NEW YORK (AP) – Allison Mack is apologizing to the women affected by a scheme to turn women into sex slaves for the spiritual leader of a cult-like New York state group. The actress admitted her role in the scandal, making a statement in a New York courtroom yesterday – the same day jury selection began for a federal trial in the case. Mack says she thought spiritual leader Keith Raniere meant to help people – but she “was wrong.” When Mack is sentenced in September, Mack could get up to 20 years. She’s best known for playing a friend of a young Superman on the TV series “Smallville.”
SEYMOUR CASSEL – OBIT
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Seymour Cassel has died. He was a veteran journeyman character actor who appeared often in films by John Cassavetes and Wes Anderson. His daughter says the actor died Sunday of complications from Alzheimer’s disease. He was 84. Cassel’s film credits include “Faces,” which earned him an Oscar nomination in 1969.
ARRESTS MADE IN TORCHING OF HISTORIC CONNECTICUT THEATER
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) – Arrests have been made in a January blaze that destroyed a historic Connecticut theater. Police say two teenagers face arson charges in the fire that consumed the American Shakespeare Theater in Stratford. The teens are also charged with burning a truck as part of their fire-setting rampage. The suspects are 18 and 17 and their names aren’t being released because of their age. The theater hosted performances from stage stars like Katharine Hepburn, Christopher Plummer, James Earl Jones and others.
TELENOVELA STAR ORDERED UNDER HOUSE ARREST
MIAMI (AP) – A Florida judge has set bail at $50,000 for a Mexican soap opera star charged with punching a man who later died. Pablo Lyle was handcuffed after yesterday’s hearing in Miami and put under house arrest. So far, prosecutors have charged Lyle with nothing more than battery – but say they might file second-degree murder or manslaughter charges. Lyle’s attorneys say their client was the victim of a road rage incident – and was trying to protect his family when he struck a 63-year-old man. Lyle, who’s 32, stars in the TV soap opera “Mi Adorable Maldicion.”
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