Actress Felicity Huffman issued an apology Friday for her participation in the college admissions scandal, after receiving a 14-day prison sentence as part of the punishment handed to her by a judge.
What are the details?
In a Boston courtroom Friday afternoon, U.S. District Judge Indira Talwani sentenced Huffman to two weeks behind bars, 250 hours of community service, one year of probation and a $30,000 fine. The actress pleaded guilty in May to illegally paying $15,000 to have a scammer boost the SAT score of one of her daughters.
NBC News reported that Judge Talwani "said this scandal showed a greater imbalance in America, with rich parents able to give their kids more advantages." According to CNN, ahead of announcing the sentence, the judge said Huffman was aware that what she had done was wrong, saying, "She knew it was a fraud it was not an impulsive act."
The judge also told Huffman, "I don't think anyone wants to be going to prison, I do think this is the right sentence here. You move forward and you can rebuild your life after this. You pay your dues."
Huffman was ordered to report to prison on Oct. 25.
How did Huffman respond?
After her sentence, Huffman issued the following statement:
I accept the court's decision today without reservation. I have always been prepared to accept whatever punishment Judge Talwani imposed. I broke the law. I have admitted that and I pleaded guilty to this crime. There are no excuses or justifications for my actions. Period.
I would like to apologize to my daughter, my husband, my family and the educational community for my actions. And I especially want to apologize to the students who work hard every day to get into college, and to their parents who make tremendous sacrifices supporting their children.
I have learned a lot over the last six months about my flaws as a person. My goal now is to serve the sentence that the court has given me. I look forward to doing my community service hours and making a positive impact on my community. I also plan to continue making contributions where I can well after those service hours are completed.
I can promise you that in the months and years to come that I will try and live a more honest life, serve as a better role model for my daughters and family and continue to contribute my time and energies wherever I am needed.
My hope now is that my family, my friends and my community will forgive me for my actions.