William H. Macy raved about his wife Felicity Huffman before she was arrested for alleged bribery

By Alexia Fernández
March 13, 2019 07:25 PM
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Two years before Felicity Huffman faced fraud charges for allegedly participating in a college cheating scheme, her husband William H. Macy gushed about her parenting skills.

In a 2017 interview with PEOPLE Now, the 69-year-old actor raved about Huffman saying, “Felicity is a great mom,” and revealing how he and the actress tried to keep their two daughters, 18-year-old Sofia and 16-year-old Georgia, “away from the business as much as we could.”

“They didn’t even watch television until Sofia broke her collarbone trying to do a handstand,” Macy said. “So we put her in front of the TV and she started watching movies for the first time.”

Macy shared how proud he was of his daughters, describing them as “They’re really cool young women and really fun to be around and smart as whips.”

“They’re above average,” he added.

Huffman was arrested early Tuesday morning for allegedly participating in a scheme to help Sofia get into college. Huffman was charged by federal prosecutors with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud.

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During her hearing on Tuesday, Macy remained by her side. As the judge read off the charges against his wife, the actor, reportedly sat with his head down around families of other defendants, according to Deadline.

The Desperate Housewives actress was released on a $250,000 bond, according to The Associated Press.

Federal court records unsealed Tuesday in Boston name 50 people — including Huffman and Fuller House actress Lori Loughlin — who have been indicted as part of the alleged nationwide scheme, according to a release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Massachusetts.

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Huffman allegedly gave $15,000 “to participate in the college entrance exam cheating scheme on behalf of her oldest daughter,” the indictment in the case states.

Federal agents secretly recorded telephone calls with Huffman and a cooperating witness, which allegedly showed Huffman agreeing to pay the sum of money in order to help Sofia get a higher SAT score, according to the indictment.

Others allegedly involved in the scam include Gamal Abdelaziz, a senior executive of a resort and casino operator; Douglas Hodge, a former CEO of Pimco; Agustin Huneeus, owner of a vineyard; and William E. McGlashan Jr., a senior executive at TPG — one of the world’s biggest private equity firms, among others.