After entering her guilty plea in the varsity blues scandal, disgraced actress Felicity Huffman is facing four months in jail, TMZ reports. She was reportedly weeping while entering her plea. A judge told the 56-year-old she was waiving her right to a trial; she agreed.
After entering the plea, an assistant U.S. attorney said that the government will request a four-month prison sentence and a $20,000 fine. The prosecution then noted that Huffman’s sentence will be comparably light because she agreed to cooperate. They charged her with conspiracy to commit mail fraud, for paying Rick Singer $15K to help her daughter cheat on her SAT.
She previously released a statement saying: “I am in full acceptance of my guilt, and with deep regret and shame over what I have done, I accept full responsibility for my actions and will accept the consequences that stem from those actions.”
Other parents and coaches swept up in the scandal—about 50 in total—who didn’t cop a plea will be facing serious consequences for their refusal. Lori Loughlin is among the parents who are pleading not guilty.
She and her husband Mossimo Giannulli have been accused of paying $500K to help grease the wheels at USC for their two daughters. John Stamos, her co-star in Fuller House, from which she was ousted post-scandal, is getting roasted for a promo shot he posted that includes the embattled star. Her co-stars on the show have stood by her in the scandal, despite the show cutting ties with her. Huffman, Loughlin and Loughlin’s daughter, the social media influencer Olivia Jade, have all lost out on lucrative roles and contracts because of the scandal.
It could be 12-14 weeks before a judge sentences Huffman, TMZ reports.