It’s no secret that celebrities get up to all kinds of mischief, and while most people can laugh off these little misdemeanors, a stint behind bars can completely change the game. Felicity Huffman has now served her time after doing the crime, but what does her new life have in store for her?
It’s not every day that one of the most famous actresses in the world gets put behind bars, but when they do, everyone knows about it. Their life comes under the microscope, their crimes become common knowledge, and every move they make is dissected and investigated.
With a guilty conscience and a stint in prison under her belt, many people are now intrigued by Felicity Huffman and what’s next for the once-popular starlet. Will things go back to normal? Or will she be brandished a criminal forever?
Taste of freedom
On October 29, 2019, Felicity Huffman walked out of prison as a free woman after serving her time behind bars. Paparazzi were lined up along the street in an effort to catch a glimpse of the jailbird, and fans were eager to see how prison life had treated her.
After all, we’re not used to celebrities taking part in such scandalous criminal activity that sees them serving time for their crimes. We’re used to a metaphorical slapped wrist and a few weeks of dramatic headline news. Felicity’s case was the talk of the town.
Not going unnoticed
Despite the fact that fans have relished in the rarity of a celebrity so publicly serving their time, that doesn’t mean that she is forgiven for her crimes. Her stint in prison has not been a chance for her to have a vacation, and her time away from her celebrity status has not been her own choice.
Felicity’s sentence was to punish her for breaking the law and using her privilege to try and get her and her family ahead in life. That’s something that doesn’t go unnoticed in the celebrity world.
After being sentenced for her crimes, Felicity Huffman made her way to the Federal Correctional Institution of Dublin, California – around an hour flight from her home in Los Angeles.
As one of just four prisons in the United States that only houses female inmates, Felicity got pretty lucky with the judge’s decision to send her to this low-security establishment. As one of around 1,235 inmates who were there at the time, there’s a high chance that it wasn’t quite like the scenes one would expect from the likes of Orange Is the New Black.
Rules and regulations
Despite this, Felicity did have to follow the rules and regulations that the Federal Correctional Institution of Dublin puts in place for all of its inmates. While in her cell, Felicity would have had to wake up at 5am during the week and lights out at 10pm every single night.
It’s believed that she would have been recognized by her prison number, 77806-112, and that she would have had to have worn a khaki uniform complete with a brown T-shirt and work boots. This was a far cry from the designer labels she is used to.
Getting out early
When Felicity was sentenced by the judge, she was originally ordered to spend 14 days in prison. One of those days had already been served in custody in March 2019, and she accepted the other 13 days.
However, even though her sentence was already extremely short, it became even shorter when she was released on her 11th day behind bars. Because she reported for the first day of her sentence on a Tuesday and inmates aren’t released at the weekend, she was released earlier than planned – much to many fans’ annoyance.
Losing her popularity
While Felicity seemed to be in fairly high spirits when she made her way out of prison, it’s safe to say that her fans and others around the world weren’t too happy. In fact, it’s believed that her stint behind bars has lost her countless fans and followers.
Her popularity has seen a huge drop, and that’s largely due to the fact that her crimes were so public. Her involvement in a crime so scandalous just couldn’t be ignored, and the nature surrounding these crimes has hit a nerve with many parents and students in the US and abroad.
Operation Varsity Blues
Nicknamed “Operation Varsity Blues,” the crime that Felicity Huffman was involved in first came to the FBI’s attention back in April 2018, but it didn’t really hit main headlines until the beginning of 2019 when they had gathered enough evidence to indict those involved.
Due to the fact that the operation has involved such a huge intelligence and security service, fans at home knew that Felicity wasn’t just involved in a petty crime. She was different from other celebs who had been caught with disturbing the police or protesting in honor of climate change. This was incredibly serious.
When Operation Varsity Blues became common knowledge, it was all anyone could talk about. It became a nationwide and international scandal, and it once again drew a wedge between celebrities and normal people who work incredibly hard to get where they are in life.
That’s because this scandal was the perfect example of privileged people using their money and power to cheat the system. Their bribery allowed their children to get into colleges they may not have gotten into on their own merit – and that’s why people were so annoyed.
Acceptance isn’t easy
Anyone who has been to college or anyone who knows someone who has gone to college will know that getting in isn’t easy. With so many people looking to apply for the same spots, it really does come down to SAT scores and standing out from the crowd.
It can be a real sense of achievement when someone from an everyday family manages to get into one of the most prestigious universities that the US has to offer, but there can also be disappointment during this time. After all, not everyone can get the place they want.
Into her own hands
After being successful in her own life and seeing how a leg-up in the world can impact how you live and how other people see you, Felicity Huffman knew that she didn’t want her college-age daughter to be disappointed.
Sophia Huffman was in the process of applying to college, and she knew exactly where she wanted to go. However, Felicity knew that there was a chance that her daughter wouldn’t get the grades that she wanted, so she decided to put matters into her own hands.
Caught up in it
Although it’s been noted that Felicity had faith in her daughter, she wanted to take away any chances of her dreams not coming true. In doing this, she got caught up in a scandal that she knew other rich and famous parents were doing.
Instead of allowing their children to make their own destiny and create their own achievements, she decided to bribe a man by the name of Rick Singer. In return for this money, Rick guaranteed that Sophia would ace her SAT exams and get into the college of her choice.
The man in question
So, who is the man who promised Felicity and other parents this college acceptance? Rock Singer is largely known for being a college counselor and the author of several self-help books that help those looking for more information about college admissions.
However, in recent years, he also made a name for himself as the owner of two firms involved in Operation Varsity Blues. He used these two firms to make this money transfer seem like a legitimate exchange between two businesspeople rather than something sinister – and it worked, for a little while.
Making a donation
In Felicity Huffman’s case, she donated a whopping $15,000 to Singer’s Key Worldwide Foundation, an organization that aims to provide education to underprivileged children.
To the rest of the world, it looked as though the famous actress was donating her money to a good cause and helping out others. Yet, little did they know that she was actually just using this as a ruse to help her privileged child get into college. That $15,000 “donation” wasn’t a donation at all, but actually a bribe.
A return investment
In return for her “donation,” Rick Singer made sure that Sophie Huffman’s SAT scores were top-class and worthy of admission to the college of her choice.
Thanks to the FBI investigation, it was discovered that he did this by making sure the SAT exam proctor gave Sophia more time in the exam hall and that her wrong answers were corrected when they were marked. This gave her a better overall SAT score that would get her into the college of her choice – something that most people do on their own merit.
Seven years of bribes
When the FBI probed Rick Singer and learned more about his schemes, they discovered that this wasn’t a new development in his business life. In fact, he had been running this scheme for a whopping seven years between 2011 and 2018 and had earned a pretty penny in the process.
It was noted that Rick had helped around 33 parents over those seven years and that they all paid around $25 million worth of bribes in total for this process to be completed. It was a lucrative business.
Being called out
As the leader of this college bribery ring, Rick Singer has been suitably called out and punished for his crimes. Although he cooperated with the FBI and gave up invaluable information in terms of the parents who bribed him and the college staff that were also involved, he still faces a hefty punishment.
Not only does he face a whopping 65 years behind bars for his part in the scheme, but he has also been ordered to pay $1.25 million at the same time. He has confessed to his crimes and pleaded guilty.
Accused of fraud
While there’s no doubt about the fact that Singer deserves to do the time for his crimes, he would not have been able to make so much money from Operation Varsity Blues if he didn’t have any customers.
Because of this, the FBI investigation has also focused on the 51 people accused of conspiring within this scheme as well. This includes a huge number of parents of children who were either looking to apply to the college of their choice or those who had already got in due to falsified test scores.
Conspiracy to commit
After enough evidence had been gained on these parents, the authorities were able to crack down on these people and arrest them for their crimes. That’s exactly what happened to Felicity Huffman on March 12, 2019, when she was arrested in her home.
As the authorities recited her rights, she learned that she was being charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services fraud. She ultimately pleaded guilty to these crimes and worked with the FBI to give them more information about the scheme she had paid into.
Apologizing to the world
While Felicity stayed fairly quiet on the matter after her arrest and her subsequent court dates, she decided that it was time to speak up during her sentencing.
Although she accepted the fact that she had broken the law and broken a lot of hearts and her own reputation in the process, she wanted to apologize. She offered her apologies to the colleges, parents, and students who were affected by Operation Varsity Blues, and she also apologized to her family. She knew that she deserved her punishment.
Formally pleading guilty
Because she knew that she had done wrong and she fully accepted that she needed to be punished for breaking the law, Felicity Huffman officially pleaded guilty to her crimes on May 13, 2019. Her sentencing took place a few months later on September 13, and it was here that she was served her official sentence.
She was required to undertake 14 days in jail – although one was credited thanks to her day in custody – to pay a $30,000 fine and to take part in 250 hours of community service. However, as we now know, she was released after just 11 days.
Unexpected turn of events
As this news shocked the world, fans of the actress just couldn’t believe the events that were unfolding in front of their very eyes. Felicity’s actions were a far cry from what they knew of her, and at first, many couldn’t imagine her doing such a thing.
After all, while she may have made a name for herself on the drama show, Desperate Housewives, fans had no reason to believe that her own life was scandalous. It was an unexpected turn of events and something that would change Felicity’s life forever.
Making her debut
Of course, to truly understand the broken reputation of Felicity Huffman, we need to learn a little more about her. After being born into a wealthy family and attending a private boarding school, Felicity later made her way onto higher education.
Not only did she study at New York University, but she also studied at the Circle in the Square Theatre School and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Her first official acting job came in 1982 when she was given her first chance to excel on the stage.
A recognizable face
Since this debut, Felicity has gone on to become a recognizable face in the world of Hollywood. Over the years, she has been able to star in some of the biggest productions in terms of television and movies, including Magnolia, Cake, and American Crime.
Thanks to these roles, Felicity has also been able to add some serious metal to her fireplace. With three Screen Actors Guild Awards, a Golden Globe, a Primetime Emmy Award, and countless nominations, she’s pretty well established as one of the best actors in the business.
Claim to fame
Of course, anyone who is a fan – or was a fan – of this actress will know that her real claim to fame came in 2004 when she took on her most iconic role. Becoming Lynette Scavo in Desperate Housewives changed her life forever, and gave her the chance to truly make a name for herself.
She appeared on the show for a whopping six years, and this also allowed her to build up an impressive fan base who not only loved her character but also loved her acting talent.
An impressive net worth
As if that wasn’t enough, her long-standing run on Desperate Housewives also gave Huffman the chance to build up an impressive net worth. It’s believed that Felicity earned a whopping $275,000 for every episode of Desperate Housewives, and now is worth around $20 million.
Over the years, she has spent this money on a real estate portfolio that features three houses in Los Angeles, fancy cars, and exotic vacations for a little time away from the spotlight. She certainly had money to spare, and her $15,000 “donation” was just a bit of spare change for her.
Not on her own
However, Felicity hasn’t shelled out on these houses and gone on these exotic vacations alone. She has also been able to share her success and her wealth with her husband, William H. Macy. This American actor and director is also a huge name in the world of Hollywood, and they first got together in the early ‘80s.
After dating on-and-off for around 15 years, the couple eventually decided to settle down and tie the knot. They became a married couple in September 1997, and they have been together ever since.
Expanding their family
Just a few years after they tied the knot, Felicity and William welcomed their first daughter into the world. Sophia Grace Macy is now 19 years old, and Georgia Grace Macy is her 17-year-old younger sister. The couple didn’t have any more children and were over the moon to have their two daughters in their lives.
Like any parents, they have always tried to do what is best for Sophia and Georgia. She has always dreamed of them being successful and happy. Unfortunately, this parental love can often cause people to make silly decisions.
A desperate attempt
In a desperate attempt to give her eldest daughter the best chance at life, Felicity found herself breaking down her family in the process. Her decision has since ruined her family dynamic and their reputation, and a decision that many people around the world have judged her for.
After all, it’s not every day a parent breaks the law for their child, and Felicity’s decision proved to be even worse because she is such a big name in the public eye. Will she ever be able to claw back her broken reputation?
Didn’t know about it
According to reports and official testimony, Sophia didn’t know anything about her mother’s plans. In her eyes, she simply undertook her SAT exam, and her results would be sent to her college of choice for them to decide whether she was worthy of a place or not.
She had no idea about what her mother was doing behind the scenes, and she was actually incredibly angry when she discovered what had happened. She was incensed with her mother, she shouted at her, and she even noted that she didn’t even recognize Felicity anymore.
Ruining her chances
In Sophia’s eyes, her mother had completely ruined any chance of her getting into college, and she was not happy about that fact. However, with everyone talking about her future and whether she would be able to attend college or not, Sophia decided to research her options herself.
After doing this, she found that her chances of achieving a higher education weren’t completely out of the window. She is now planning on reapplying, despite the fact that her mother involved herself where she shouldn’t have the last time.
Didn’t do it herself
One of the main reasons why Sophia can reapply to college is because she wasn’t the one who faked her own test scores. Because her mother was the one who did it and because she was none the wiser, Sophia has the chance to reapply and retest herself.
In fact, if she had been the one to fake her own test scores, she would have been able to reapply anyway. Those who falsify their scores aren’t allowed to apply again within six months of this coming to light. Because that’s not something that she did personally, she can now be tested on her own merit.
While there’s no doubt about the fact that this is incredibly good news for Sophia, we have a feeling that her eventual college life isn’t going to be easy. People will always remember Sophia and her family name for being a part of the Operation Varsity Blues scandal, and this might cause her to struggle.
Fitting in at college is hard enough without adding a college scandal into the mix, and Felicity knows that she has devastated her daughter’s future. While she paid for her crimes, many people have wondered whether it really was that hard…
According to reports by the Daily Mail, Felicity appealed to the judge on her case to be sent to the Federal Correctional Institution in Dublin, California. It’s been suggested that she did this because she knew she would get an easy ride in the low-security prison.
In fact, those who are familiar with the prison have noted that it has been given the nickname of “Club Fed” because it doesn’t give criminals an accurate representation of what prison is really like. Because of this, those hoping that justice would be served in Felicity’s case aren’t happy.
Like a vacation
As more and more people wanted to know about how Felicity was coping behind bars and whether she was being treated properly, more and more stories made their way out of the woodwork. Reports released noted that the actress had numerous steak dinners over the course of her 11-day sentence.
As if that wasn’t enough, these reports also suggest that she was allowed weekend visitors and spent most of her free time being encouraged to take part in hobbies, such as crocheting or origami. Many likened it to a vacation from her everyday life.
Affecting her reputation
Whether these rumors are true or not, there’s no doubt about the fact that her stint behind bars has seriously affected her reputation. While Felicity has spent much of her career showing the world that she is a talented actress, most people now know her for her role within the scandalous Operation Varsity Blues.
It seems as though people won’t forget about this for a while either because Felicity is now on probation for a year and has had to pay a hefty fine in the process.
Associated with the scandal
Because of this drama and her stint behind bars, we have a feeling that Felicity will struggle to find work over the next few years. A scandal like this does not go away overnight, and that’s especially true because the investigation is still ongoing, and others involved have not been charged yet.
Despite the fact that Felicity has acknowledged her involvement in the Operation Varsity Blues scandal, people won’t be able to take her seriously from now on. Not now they know that she isn’t authentic.
A celebrity scam ring
Of course, Felicity isn’t the only parent involved in this case, so it’s unfair to only talk about her involvement. With 33 parents on the chopping block, many of these are also rich and famous celebrities who attempted to use their money and their privilege to their advantage.
Another famous actress caught up in the scandal is Lori Loughlin, who most people know for her role in Beverly Hills, 90210. Unlike Felicity, Lori pleaded “Not Guilty” when put on trial, and this has dragged her trial and her sentencing on much longer.
A shorter sentence
Because Felicity decided to plead guilty and acknowledge the fact that she did the crime so has to do the time, she has been able to get her sentencing out of the way much quicker than her other conspirators. She has already served her short sentence, and her fine won’t take a huge chunk out of her hefty net worth.
As if that wasn’t enough, her daughter will be able to retake her SAT test to ensure that she can get into college. While Felicity will have a criminal record, it’s been suggested that this won’t affect her too much.
So, what’s next for Felicity Huffman. Now that she is out of prison, it seems as though it’s time for her to get on with the second part of her sentence. With a fine to pay and 250 hours of community service to complete, it’s not yet known how she will spend these hours.
However, what people really want to know is whether she will return to acting after such a big scandal. Will she try and regain her reputation? Or will she let the scandal ride itself out and then get back to it when things are much quieter?