Felicity Huffman, the actress who paid $15,000 to a consultant to inflate her daughter’s SAT scores, was sentenced to two weeks in prison Friday, after a federal judge said Huffman cheated to gain an advantage in a college admissions process already tilted in favor of the rich and privileged.
Her prison sentence signaled that 14 other parents who have pleaded guilty in the scandal will likely be sent to prison as well. Twenty-eight other defendants, including actress Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, have pleaded not guilty and are awaiting trial.
Huffman’s full statement:
I accept the court’s decision today without reservation. I have always been prepared to accept whatever punishment Judge Talwani imposed. I broke the law. I have admitted that and I pleaded guilty to this crime. There are no excuses or justifications for my actions. Period.
I would like to apologize again to my daughter, my husband, my family and the educational community for my actions. And I especially want to apologize to the students who work hard every day to get into college, and to their parents who make tremendous sacrifices supporting their children.
I have learned a lot over the last six months about my flaws as a person. My goal now is to serve the sentence that the court has given me. I look forward to doing my community service hours and making a positive impact on my community. I also plan to continue making contributions wherever I can well after those service hours are completed.
I can promise you that in the months and years to come that I will try and live a more honest life, serve as a better role model for my daughters and family and continue to contribute my time and energies wherever I am needed.
My hope now is that my family, my friends and my community will forgive me for my actions.