Felicity Huffman will play a prosecutor on TV as she finds herself on the other side of the law in real-life
Felicity Huffman will be playing a real-life prosecutor on TV as she faces federal fraud charges for her involvement in the college admission scandal.
The 56-year-old actress will next appear in Ava DuVernay’s When They See Us on Netflix about the Central Park Five scandal. Huffman stars as prosecutor Linda Fairstein, who led the case against the five teenagers convicted of the brutal rape of a jogger in 1989.
Fairstein has since been accused of coercing confessions out of the five teenagers, who were later exonerated in 2002. She has denied the teens were coerced and has defended authorities’ conduct in the case, according to The Guardian.
In the trailer released earlier this month, Huffman’s voice can be heard ordering police intervention in Harlem, near where the attack took place.
“Let’s get an army of blue up in Harlem,” Huffman can be heard saying as the shot lingers on the five detained teenagers. “You go into those projects and you stop every little thug you see. You bring in every kid who was in the park last night.”
The show arrives on Netflix on May 31. PEOPLE is out to the company for comment on Huffman’s appearance in the series.
Authorities have accused Huffman of conspiring to pay $15,000 to an organization that facilitated cheating on her older daughter’s SATs by having a proctor correct her answers in hopes of getting her into a better college. The actress was arrested and charged with fraud, and was released on a $250,000 bond later on Tuesday.
According to an indictment obtained by PEOPLE from the U.S. District Court in Massachusetts, Huffman has been charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud.
The affidavit alleges that Huffman and “her spouse” made the $15,000 donation to KWF. Although she is married to actor William H. Macy, he is not indicted in the case.
Prosecutors allege that dozens of parents — including Huffman and fellow actress Lori Loughlin — paid sums to admissions consultant William Singer and his nonprofit organization, Key Worldwide Foundation (“KWF”). Then, prosecutors allege, the KWF would bribe coaches and administrators to accept the donors’ kids into prestigious college programs.
“Huffman and her spouse made a purported charitable contribution of $15,000 to KWF to participate in the college entrance exam cheating scheme on behalf of her oldest daughter,” the criminal complaint affidavit reads. “Huffman later made arrangements to pursue the scheme a second time, for her younger daughter, before deciding not to do so.”