Felicity Huffman has revealed how her daughter reacted to college admissions scandal in emotional letter. Her daughter asked, “Why didn’t you believe in me? Why didn’t you think I could do it on my own?”
The recent college admissions scandal rounded up around 50 people, including Felicity Huffman, who had in some way bribed their way into colleges. Federal prosecutors recently suggested that she should do a month in prison and $20,000 in a fine. Her team responded with a 161 page memorandum requesting different punishment.
The memorandum contains a letter from Huffman which presents personal picture of why she did what she did. She said she treated daughter Sophia for learning disabilities her entire childhood. Despite this, her college counselor Rick Singer told her that Sophia’s math scores “were not measuring up.”
She said, “He told me, ‘We will make sure she gets the scores she needs,’ by having a proctor bump up her scores after she takes the test. Sophia would never know and she could, ‘Concentrate on what really matters: here grades and her auditions.’ He said he did it for many of his students.”
She said she agreed after 6 weeks of consideration, and did the same thing for Georgia. However, “I knew it was not right. I finally came to my senses and told Mr. Singer to stop the process for Georgia.”
She wrote, “In my desperation to be a good mother I talked myself into believing that all I was doing was giving my daughter a fair shot. I see the irony in that statement now because what I have done is the opposite of fair. I have broken the law, deceived the educational community, betrayed my daughter, and failed my family.”
She also described Sophia’s reaction to her mother’s actions. She wrote, “When my daughter looked at me and asked me with tears streaming down her face, ‘Why didn’t you believe in me? Why didn’t you think I could do it on my own?’ I had no adequate answer for her. I could only saw, ‘I am sorry. I was frightened and I was stupid.’ In my blind panic, I have done the exact thing that I was desperate to avoid. I have compromised my daughter’s future, the wholeness of my family and my own integrity.”
She concluded, “As painful as this has been, I am truly grateful for the lessons I have learned and for opportunity to change and live more honestly. I am now focusing on repairing my relationship with my daughter, my family and making amends to my community.”
Felicity Huffman’s legal team have requested a year long probation and 250 hours of community service for her; her sentencing in the college admissions scandal is due for September 13.
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