Some Hollywood stars, especially those close to actress Felicity Huffman, are writing to plead for leniency on her behalf, even after she had pleaded guilty to the admission cheating scandal that rocked some US colleges.
According to reports, Mrs Felicity Huffman had twenty-seven people writing letters to the judge as character witnesses as she faces prison time in her college admission cheating scandal, including her A-list Hollywood friend Eva Longoria and her husband William H. Macy, as reported by Radaronline.
The report stated that Huffman’s Desperate Housewives co-star and her husband shared personal anecdotes about her for the college admission cheating scandal case.
Macy’s letter described what a wonderful mother Huffman was to their two daughters, Olivia and Sophia, and explained the traumatic effect her arrest has had on them.
“It’s been about six months since the FBI came in the early hours to arrest Felicity,” Macy wrote in the letter filed in the United States District Court of Massachusetts.
“Our oldest daughter Sophia has certainly paid the dearest price,” he said, detailing that her college interviews were cancelled as the story became public.
Macy wrote about Sophia, saying: “She still doesn’t like to sleep alone and has nightmares from the FBI agents waking her that morning with guns drawn.”
He wrote lovingly about Felicity rearing their daughters but said that the family has been in therapy and “some of the hurt and anger will take years to work through it but we are making progress.”
Longoria wrote glowingly of Huffman in her letter, detailing how the veteran actress welcomed her on Desperate Housewives.
“There was a time I was being bullied at work by a co-worker,” Longoria wrote.
“I dreaded the days I had to work with that person because it was pure torture. Until one day, Felicity told the bully ‘enough’ and it all stopped. Felicity could feel that I was riddled with anxiety even though I never complained or mentioned the abuse to anyone.”
Longoria also said Huffman was a key reason she was able to negotiate a higher salary as she was the lowest-paid main actress on the show. Huffman wanted all of the main women to negotiate a raise together.
“Well, needless to say, that did not go over too well with the others,” Longoria wrote.
“But Felicity stood up for me, saying it was fair because the success of the show depended on all of us, not one of us. This fight lasted weeks, but Felicity held strong and convinced everyone this was the right thing to do.”
Longoria gushed about Huffman, writing: “To a young, naive, Mexican girl who felt like I didn’t belong, those gestures meant the world to me.”
Huffman wrote her letter to the judge, where she revealed her oldest daughter had a sensory issue that was determined at a young age.
She wrote that she was guilty of the crime she committed and knew she could have said “no,” to the process but in her “desperation to be a good mother, I talked myself into believing that all I was doing was giving my daughter a fair shot.”
“I see the irony in that statement now because what I have done is the opposite of fair,” Huffman wrote to the judge. “I have a deep and abiding shame over what I have done.”
The government recommended that Huffman receive one month in prison, a $20,000 fine and 12-months probation in the case.
She will be sentenced on Friday, Sept. 13.