The son of a wealthy New York food and beverage distributor stood outside his family's Fifth Avenue home toking on a blunt as he defended his parents who are allegedly part of a nationwide college admissions cheating scandal, the New York Post reported.
"They're blowing this whole thing out of proportion," Malcolm Abbott, son of Gregory and Marcia Abbott told the New York Post. "I believe everyone has a right to go to college, man."
What's the story?
Gregory Abbott, 68, is the founder of International Dispensing Corp., food and beverage distributing company. He and his 59-year-old wife are charged with paying $125,000 to William "Rick" Singer to have their daughter's SAT and ACT scores boosted, according to prosecutors, according to the Post.
Their 18-year-old daughter's SAT scores were allegedly doctored from the mid-600s to a perfect 800 on the SAT math exam and 710 on the literature test, the Post reported. Her ACT was pumped up to a 35 out of 36. The girl had scored a 23 on her own.
More than two dozen parents, including actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, along with coaches and college administrators have been charged for their involvement in the scheme. Singer is the alleged mastermind behind the scam.
"I didn't go to college," Malcolm Abbott admitted to the Post.
Malcolm, a rapper who goes by "Billa," plugged his latest five-track CD that features a song titled, "If I Lost My Money."
Later, Malcolm and his brother were spotted outside the family's home which sits overlooking the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
The brother told the newspaper that his parents "got roped into [this by] some guy who f***ing cheated them."
It's unclear which universities the girl had applied to or ended up attending, but Duke University was allegedly mentioned in one recorded conversation with Singer, according to an earlier Post report.
Gregory and Marcia Abbott are each charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud. Both are out of jail on bail after posting $500,000 each.