Actress Vanessa Williams was just as surprised as the rest of us when news broke that her Desperate Houswives co-star and friend, Felicity Huffman, was involved int the college admissions scandal.
While the Ugly Betty star was attending the Broadway opening of the musical Beetlejuice at New York City’s Winter Garden Theater on Thursday, April 25, she revealed her interaction with Felicity following her arrest.
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“I was terrified for [Huffman] when I heard that the feds came with guns drawn in the morning to take her down,” Williams told Us Weekly exclusively. “My phone blew up. I did text her. I just said, ‘Wishing you love and protection.’ And she just said, ‘Thank you, my dear friend. That’s what I need.’ And that’s all you can do as a friend.”
While shocked by her friend’s arrest, Vanessa went on to say, “I’m happy that all my kids, luckily, went to art schools or had to audition. But, you know, I know what it’s like to want the best for your kids.”
Felicity was indicted for making a charitable contribution of $15,000 … to participate in the college entrance exam cheating scheme on behalf of her eldest daughter. Huffman later made arrangements to pursue the scheme a second time, for her younger daughter, before deciding not to do so.” The indictment reveals that her daughter was given more time to take the SAT as other students and the paid proctor agreed to secretly correct her answers afterwards.
After being released on $250,000 bond, Felicity faced her fate in court where she pled guilty for her role in the scam. In a statement, the actress apologized for her actions.
“I am in full acceptance of my guilt, and with deep regret and shame over what I have done, I accept full responsibility for my actions and will accept the consequences that stem from those actions,” Huffman said in a statement. “I am ashamed of the pain I have caused my daughter, my family, my friends, my colleagues and the educational community. I want to apologize to them and, especially, I want to apologize to the students who work hard every day to get into college, and to their parents who make tremendous sacrifices to support their children and do so honestly.”