Felicity Huffman's Husband Discussed 'Stressful' College Admission Process Before Bribery Scandal
William H. Macy opened up about the stress of his older daughter applying for college just two months before wife Felicity Huffman was charged in an entrance exam scheme
Felicity Huffman’s husband William H. Macy got candid about the stress of going through college applications with his daughter two months before Huffman was charged in a scheme to get her child accepted.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office and the FBI said in the indictment released on Tuesday that the alleged scheme helped students gain acceptance to top schools by helping them cheat on college exams.
Federal agents secretly recorded telephone calls with Huffman, 50, and a cooperating witness, which allegedly show Huffman agreeing to pay $15,000 in order to help her older daughter Sofia, 18, get a higher SAT score, the indictment states.
“She’s going to go to college… We’re right now in the thick of college application time, which is so stressful,” Macy, 68, said in an interview with Parade in January. “I am voting that once she gets accepted, she maybe takes a year off. God doesn’t let you be 18 twice… But it’s just my opinion, and we’ll see what she wants to do, what Felicity thinks and how the chips fall.”
Macy and Huffman are also parents to daughter Georgia Grace Macy, 16. The pair tied the knot on Sept. 6, 1997 after meeting in the early 1980s at New York City’s Atlantic Theater Company.
WATCH: Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin Among Dozens Indicted in Alleged College Admissions Scam
Federal court records unsealed Tuesday in Boston name 50 people who have been allegedly indicted as part of the nationwide scheme, according to a release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Massachusetts.
Huffman was allegedly part of a scheme in which a proctor was arranged and flown out to West Hollywood to help her daughter during the SAT, which she was also given extra time for. The agreement included the special proctor changing Sofia’s answers to correct ones to help her get a higher score.
Some named in the court documents allegedly paid bribes of up to $6 million to get their children into elite colleges, including Yale, Stanford, Georgetown, the University of Southern California, UCLA, the University of San Diego, University of Texas, Wake Forest, and Yale, according to federal prosecutors.
Full House actress Lori Loughlin was also charged for allegedly giving $500,000 to say her child was part of the rowing team, when that was not true, the indictment states.
It also helped high school athletes get into top colleges no matter what their abilities, NBC News reports.