Felicity Huffman‘s husband William H. Macy looks like he’s playing the role of devoted husband by showing up to his actress wife’s court hearing, but RadarOnline.com learned exclusively he never agreed with her scholastic scheme to advance their daughter’s academic career.
“He knew she was up to something, but he disagreed with it from day one,” said a source of the Shameless star who has not been charged.
Huffman and Fuller House star Lori Loughlin are the most famous names in the landmark case that led to 50 people being charged in the criminal investigation involving wealthy parents, coaches and college prep executives who have been accused of carrying out a nationwide fraud to get students into prestigious universities, according to a federal indictment.
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Huffman, 56, who’s an Academy Award nominee, has been charged with felony conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud, according to court paperwork filed Monday, March 11 in federal court in Massachusetts. The star allegedly paid a proctor $15,000 to take the SAT for her older daughter, Olivia.
Prior to the December 2017 SAT, a cooperative witness allegedly met with the American Crime actress and William in their home and explained how the scheme works. Macy was not named in the complaint, but only as a “spouse.”
“He advised Huffman and her spouse that he ‘controlled’ a testing center, and could arrange for a third party to proctor their daughter’s SAT and secretly correct her answers afterwards,” the court papers alleged. “[The cooperative witness] has advised investigators that Huffman and her spouse agreed to the plan.”
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According to the source, the 69-year-old actor was not on board with the scam, which his famous wife also tried to use for their younger daughter but didn’t follow through with it.
“He [Macy] didn’t know the details, but he knew she [Felicity] was trying to do something,” added the source. “He wasn’t fully aware of what she was planning.”
The complaint claims that Macy was on a December 12, 2018, call with Huffman and the cooperating witness to discuss their younger daughter possibly taking the SAT over a two-day period.
“Do we want two days?” Macy allegedly asked the witness, later saying, “She’ll score higher. Just her base score will be higher if we did it over two days.”
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“He was against it and all the pressure. Instead, he wanted his daughter to take some time off and enjoy life for a bit to figure out what she wanted to do.
“But Felicity was manic about it. She was insistent, but he didn’t want any pressure for his daughter to go to school.”
According to court papers, Huffman is accused of making a charitable contribution of $15,000 to ringleader William Rick Singer’s fake charity, the Key Worldwide Foundation, to “participate in the college entrance exam cheating scheme on behalf of her oldest daughter. Huffman later made arrangements to pursue the scheme a second time, for her younger daughter, before deciding not to do so.”
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Singer has pleaded guilty to charges that he allegedly ran the non-profit organization in which rich parents paid him $25 million “to guarantee their children’s admission to elite schools,” including University of Southern California, University of Texas, UCLA, Wake Forest, Harvard and Yale.
Loughlin, 54, and her husband, designer Mossimo Giannulli, were also charged in the racket after allegedly agreeing to pay $500,000 in bribes to have their two daughters accepted as a recruited crew coxswain, even though they didn’t row competitively or participate in crew.
Since appearing in a federal court in Los Angeles March 12 and released on $250,000 bond, Huffman has been “inconsolable” and “distraught.”
But she isn’t getting any shoulders to cry on.
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“Friends don’t feel sorry for her. They think she deserves it,” continued the source.
“She knew about the investigation, so it shouldn’t have been shocking. People close to Felicity and William don’t think she deserves sympathy.
“Her children didn’t know what was going on and now it’s breaking up the family.”
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