Felicity Huffman and her daughter smile as they deliver cakes to rehab center for homeless women days after Desperate Housewives star was sentenced to 14 days in college admissions scandal
- Felicity Huffman and daughter Sophia Grace Macy, 19, were spotted outside the center in LA on Sunday
- She and her eldest looked relaxed and smiled outside The Teen Project, a nonprofit serving at risk homeless and sex trafficked young women
- Last Friday, the Desperate Housewives star was sentenced in Boston to two weeks in a federal prison
- She pleaded guilty and apologized for paying $15,000 to inflate her Geogia's SAT scores for college entry
- Huffman’s lawyers are working to have her serve her sentence in a minimum security women’s prison
- It is considered by locals to be a 'Club Fed' and has had a reputation as one of America’s cushiest prisons
Felicity Huffman and her 19-year-old daughter were seen delivering cakes to young women at a rehab center just days after the Desperate Housewives star was sentenced to 14 days in prison in the college admissions scandal.
The disgraced actor and daughter Sophia Grace Macy were seen speaking to friends and walking across the parking lot outside The Teen Project on Sunday, with Sophia carrying a box of cupcakes.
Huffman wore aviator shades with yoga pants and a light-weight running sweater, while her daughter paired blue jeans with sandals and a black tank top.
The mother was seen the day before with her youngest, Georgia Grace Macy, 17, and husband, William H. Macy, loading cardboard boxes into the trunk of their car.
The mother-daughter pair looked relaxed and smiled in the sunshine. Last Friday Huffman was sentenced to two weeks in a federal prison.
She also issued a public apology for paying $15,000 to inflate her daughter's SAT scores.
Huffman’s relationship with her teenage daughters was said to have 'exploded' after her arrest, according to Macy in a letter to the court.
Felicity Huffman sported active-wear with a black handbag slung over her shoulder as she was joined by her daughter Sophia Grace Macy who wore jeans and a tank top as they were seen outside The Teen Project in Los Angeles on Sunday
The Desperate Housewives star wore dark gray yoga pants with a magenta New Balance track sweater as she clutched a bundle of notebooks under her arm
Sophia, 19, allegedly unaware of the scheme to alter her SAT scores, still 'has nightmares from the FBI agents waking her that morning with guns drawn,' wrote Macy, and Sophia’s unnamed dream college rescinded its invitation to audition for its theater program, after she had already flown out for the meeting.
'She called us from the airport in hysterics, begging us to 'Do something, please, do something', the actor wrote.
The actress’s own letter to the judge begging for leniency recounted an episode in their home when Sophia looked at her, tears streaming down her face, and cried: 'Why didn’t you believe in me? Why didn’t you think I could do it on my own?'
After her sentencing, Huffman wrote in her statement: 'I accept the court’s decision today without reservation'.
'I have always been prepared to accept whatever punishment Judge [Indira] Talwani [of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts] 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.'
Felicity Huffman and her daughter Sophia Grace Macy walk across the car park in Los Angeles yesterday, just days after the actress was convicted in the college admissions scandal
Huffman was sentenced to spend 14 days in prison for paying $15,000 to inflate her daughter's SAT scores
She added: '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.'
The Teen Project is a nonprofit serving at risk homeless and sex trafficked young women.
On its website it says: 'The Teen Project is a parent to the parentless providing young women without resources with a chance at life. Our focus is sobriety, education and housing. The Teen Project transitional housing is provided for free to our clients thanks to the support of people who believe in the mission and support our efforts'.
Reaction to Huffman's sentencing has been mixed. While singer John Legend publicly suggested that people should not 'get mad' about actor's short jail sentence or compare it to a longer sentence handed out to a person of color - because the answer is for 'both' to get less time in prison.
Others were less sympathetic and started the Twitter hashtag #lockherup while calling out the defense for saying she is a 'good caring and decent person'.
'If she were she wouldn't have done what she did. What a joke', replied one Twitter user.
Meanwhile, as Huffman prepares to serve her prison sentence, fellow actor Lori Loughlin, who along with husband Mossimo Giannulli has also been charged in the college bribery scandal, is reported to be closely following the latest legal developments in the case.
Unlike Huffman and several other defendants who have made plea agreements with federal prosecutors, Loughlin and Giannulli pleaded not guilty.
Huffman said in a statement last Friday: '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.'
Sophia Grace Macy, wearing a pair of sandals with jeans, walks towards The Teen Project with her mother on Sunday
While Huffman received two weeks in prison for paying $15,000 to inflate her daughter's SAT scores, Loughlin is alleged to have paid $500,000 to fraudulently have her daughters admitted to the University of Southern California by claiming membership on the crew team.
If convicted, Loughlin faces a maximum of 40 years in prison, though legal observers doubt that a judge would impose such a harsh sentence.
In addition to her 14-day prison sentence, Huffman was also sentenced to a year of probation for paying a bribe in exchange for a proctor falsifying her daughter's standardized aptitude test to get the teen a higher score.
The actress, 56, addressed the court just moments before she learned her fate, breaking down in tears as she said: 'I have inflicted more damage than I could’ve ever imagined.'
Huffman, wearing a pair of Aasics sneakers, walks into the building yesterday
She then admitted her guilt once more and told the judge her actions were 'frightened, stupid and so wrong,' and added that she deserved whatever sentence was handed down.
That tearful display came almost 30 minutes after the hearing kicked off with the federal prosecutor assigned to the case reprimanding the actions that resulted in Huffman's indictment and ridiculing her excuses.
Right off the bat, the prosecution commented on Huffman's claim that it was her 'parental anxiety' that led her to bribe an official in order to guarantee her daughter a better SAT test score.
'With all due respect to the defendant, welcome to parenthood,' said Assistant US Attorney Eric Rosen.
'There's no instruction manual. Parenthood is exhausting and stressful, but that's what every parent goes through.'
He later noted: 'Parenthood does not make you a felon or make you cheat. It makes you serve as a positive role model.'
Prosecutors reiterated their sentencing recommendation to the court on Friday by very plainly stating: 'The defendant, Felicity Huffman, must go to jail for one month because the only meaningful and sufficient sanction for her criminal activity she engaged in is prison.'
Huffman was ordered to self-report to a facility determined by the Bureau of Prisons on October 25 by Judge Indira Talwani, who shared with the court how she arrived at her ruling after hearing from prosecutors, the defense and Huffman.
'The outrage in this case is a system that is already so distorted by money and privilege in the first place,' noted Judge Indira Talwani.
'And that in a system in that context, that you took the step of having one more advantage to put your child ahead.'
Huffman was later seen being comforted by her husband, and left the courthouse around 4pm with tears in her eyes.
Huffman’s lawyers are working to have their client serve her two-week sentence in a minimum security women’s prison that is considered by locals to be a ‘Club Fed.’
The Teen Project is a nonprofit serving at risk homeless and sex trafficked young women. On its website it says: 'The Teen Project is a parent to the parentless providing young women without resources with a chance at life. Our focus is sobriety, education and housing. The Teen Project transitional housing is provided for free to our clients thanks to the support of people who believe in the mission and support our efforts'
Criminal: Huffman is seen leaving court holding her husband's hand after she was sentenced to two weeks in prison
Downcast: Huffman was seen with swollen eyes (above) as she left court on Friday after being sentenced
Huffman’s attorneys on Friday requested that she be allowed to serve her sentence at the Federal Correctional Institution in Dublin, California - about 30 southeast of Oakland.
Martin Murphy, a lawyer who represents the actor, made the request on Friday to Judge Indira Talwani.
Murphy asked Talwani to make the recommendation to the Federal Bureau of Prisons, which will ultimately decide where Huffman serves her sentence.
‘It’s the closest to Ms. Huffman’s residence [in Los Angeles],’ Murphy told the court on Friday.
FCI Dublin is one of four federal penitentiaries in the United States prison system that exclusively houses female inmates.
Fateful day: Huffman is the first parent to be sentenced for their role in the scandal, and the US Attorney has asked that the court order Huffman to prison for a month. The pair are seen arriving at court on Friday
FELICITY HUFFMAN 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.
The prison population at Dublin is 1,235 inmates.
Dublin has had a reputation as one of America’s cushiest prisons, according to Forbes. The prison is located close to the Bay Area, where the weather is pleasant year-round.
Locals have even dubbed the facility 'Chateau Dublin'.
Federal documents show that while Huffman worked alone to iron out the details when the couple's first daughter had her SAT changed by a proctor to improve her score, Macy was aware of the situation and the payment came from the couple's joint account.
He in turn took a more active role in organizing the younger daughter's fraudulent SAT, agreeing to the money and a set place and time much like his wife had done one year prior with their other child.
In that case however, the couple's daughter achieved the results she had hoped for on her own and the mastermind behind the operation was informed that she would not be needing to submit a fraudulent score.
Huffman paid a $15,000 'charitable contribution to participate in the college entrance exam cheating scheme on behalf of her eldest daughter,' states the complaint.
'Huffman later made arrangements to pursue the scheme a second time, for her younger daughter, before deciding not to do so,' according to the documents.
The charging documents state that Huffman had the site where her daughter took the SATs moved from her own high school to a test center West Hollywood.
That was to avoid a teacher who knew the girl, who had also applied for and received extended time to take the test, from being present.
The girl's test was then administered by a proctor who had flown in from Tampa and told investigators that he 'facilitated cheating, either by correcting the student's answers after the test or by actively assisting the student during the exam.'
Happier times: Georgia Grace Macy, Sophia Grace Macy, William H. Macy, and Felicity Huffman are pictured on January 6, 2019
That proctor, Mark Ridell, has also been charged.
In this case, Huffman's daughter scored a 1420, which was a 400 point improvement from her PSAT results just one year prior.
Soon after the proctor was paid $40,000 by Key Worldwide Foundation, the same organization that Huffman would later give a $15,000 donation to, according to the documents.