Felicity Huffman on College Admission Fraud: I Was Giving My Daughter a 'Fair Shot'

It is reported that the actress' legal team files a 161-page memorandum in response to federal prosecutors' filing that suggests her to serve one month in prison and pay a $20,000 fine for her crime.

AceShowbiz - More details about Felicity Huffman's fate following her involvement in the college admissions scandal are here. The "Desperate Housewives" alum was trying to avoid prison by asking a judge to sentence the actress to probation and "significant community service" after she pleaded guilty to paying $15,000 to have her oldest daughter's SAT exam answers corrected to boost the score.

It was reported that the actress' legal team filed a 161-page memorandum in response to federal prosecutors' filing that suggested her to serve one month in prison and pay a $20,000 fine for her crime. In the documents, which was addressed to U.S. District Judge Indira Talwani who is presiding over the case, Felicity described her deep relationship with daughters Sophia Macy and Georgia Macy as well as the "utter shame" she felt after doing the fraud in favor of Sophia.

"I honestly didn't and don't care about my daughter going to a prestigious college," the 56-year-old star wrote in the letter. "I just wanted to give her a shot at being considered for a program where her acting talent would be the deciding factor."

She went on saying that consultant Rick Singer told her that Sophia's score would be too low to get into college, suggesting to artificially boost her score. "He told me, 'We will make sure she gets the scores she needs,' by having a proctor bump up her scores after she takes the test," she recalled. "Sophia would never know and she could, 'Concentrate on what really matters: here grades and her auditions.' He said he did it for many of his students."

"I felt an urgency which built to a sense of panic that there was this huge obstacle in the way that needed to be fixed for my daughter's sake," she explained. "As warped as this sounds now, I honestly began to feel that maybe I would be a bad mother if I didn't do what Mr. Singer was suggesting."

"In my blind panic, I have done the exact thing that I was desperate to avoid," she went on saying. "I have compromised my daughter's future, the wholeness of my family and my own integrity… I have deep and abiding shame over what I have done."

"Please, let me be very clear; I know there is no justification for what I have done," she said. "Yes, there is a bigger picture, but ultimately it doesn't matter because I could have said 'No,' to cheating on the SAT scores. I unequivocally take responsibility for my actions and will respectfully accept whatever punishment the court deems appropriate."

The defense has requested for Felicity to be allowed to serve her community service at the Teen Project and the Community Coalition, two non-profits that work with at-risk youth in Los Angeles. It was reported that if her request was approved, "Ms. Huffman would tutor young people, assist with financial aid applications, answer phone calls at the front desk, and help with the organization's outreach efforts."

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