Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin in search of redemption and with very different results

Actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin they have already served their sentence, but his story will remain forever not only in the collective imagination, but also in the film heritage. Next March 17 Netflix estrena The Varsity Blues storyline, the documentary that narrates the network of bribery in the universities of the United States organized to facilitate the access of children of wealthy families to elite centers by falsifying ratings in which the two actresses were involved.

Directed by Chris Smith, the film promises to delve into the methods used by the con man and mastermind of the plot, William Rick Singer, to get the children of his wealthy clients to the best schools. These schemes included everything from allowing young people to cheat on their college entrance exams to falsifying sports credentials or bribing school officials.

Lori Laughlin, from popularity in the 90s, to fall from grace over a million-dollar scam

A scandal that broke out in March 2019 and involved Hollywood celebrities, Desperate Housewives star Felicity Huffman and actress from Full House, Lori Loughlin along with her husband, the fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, were two of the 50 parents involved but their case was the one that had the most media coverage due to the fame of both. However, they have not suffered the same fate and, after seeing their names and faces on the front page of headlines and research programs, the fate for both was the most disparate.

Huffman, 58, appears to be in a better position. The actress nominated for an Oscar for her performance in Transamerica (2005) admitted responsibility for his actions and pleaded guilty to having paid up to $ 15,000 to manipulate his daughter Sophia Macy’s grades on the entrance exam. His apology was immediately accepted by both society and the jury. Her sentence included jail time – she spent 11 days in prison of the 14 to which she had been sentenced -, a fine of $ 30,000, 250 hours of community service and probation for a year that last October her lawyer assured that she had already been fulfilled in its entirety.

William H. Macy and Felicity Huffman, on the red carpet, long before the scandal was known
William H. Macy and Felicity Huffman, on the red carpet, long before the scandal was knownAGENCIES

Huffman’s husband, actor William H. Macy, was not charged. and stayed by his side throughout the entire process. After this stage, the actress of the also successful fiction American Crime He hopes to finish rehabbing in Hollywood after landing a lead role in a new sitcom for ABC. Last November it was confirmed that she had landed her first acting job since serving her sentence, a series scheduled for the spring of the boreal inspired by the story of Susan Savage, the owner of the Sacramento River Cats baseball team, which she inherited after the death of her husband.

Lori Loughlin leaves federal court in Boston after a hearing on the college bribery scandal.
Lori Loughlin leaves federal court in Boston after a hearing on the college bribery scandal. AP Photo / Steven Senne – Archivo

Lori Louglin has a more difficult road ahead. The actress known for playing Aunt Becky from the famous family series Full House and her husband prolonged their legal situation for several months. The couple initially pleaded not guilty and insisted that investigators fabricated evidence against them. But they finally accepted their guilt: They paid $ 500,000 to get their two daughters, Isabella Giannulli, 22, and Olivia Jade Giannulli, 21, accepted into the University of Southern California as part of the rowing team despite of never having practiced that sport. The couple, who came to face 40 years in prison, accepted an agreement that resulted in a sentence much lower than the provisional, but somewhat higher than Huffman’s. After serving his two-month prison sentence, at the end of last December Loughlin was released from the Dublin federal prison, the same one where Huffman was admitted. He has yet to pay a fine of about $ 150,000 and perform 150 hours of community service. Her husband, in prison until mid-April, is serving his five-month prison sentence, has to pay just over $ 240,000 and dedicate 250 hours to community service. In addition, the couple must also serve two years of probation.

In the labor field, Loughlin, 56 years old, he continues to remain in the background. He rose to fame for his role in Full House, which was reinforced with the replacement of the chapters on Netflix and with the new series created by said platform, Fuller House, seen as a continuation of the first. Of course after the scandal she was removed from comedy and also from Garage Sale Mysteries, the police series he starred in.

The couple’s youngest daughter, influence Olivia Jade, also had a key role in this story. After uncovering the scandal, the young woman boasted in her YouTube videos and her Instagram profile that she would talk to teachers to continue her travels or that she was interested in parties more than studies. After the criticism received, she was almost nine months missing from what had been her temple for so many years: social networks. Last December she admitted that she was “ashamed” about everything that had happened to her parents. “I felt so embarrassed … even though I really didn’t understand one hundred percent what was happening,” Jade said on the show. Red Table Talk featuring Jada Pinkett Smith, Will Smith’s wife.

“What happened was wrong and I think all the people in my family can see it and think that everything was a disaster, it was a big mistake, but I think that what is most important for me is to learn from the mistake,” said the young woman. “I’m 21 years old. I feel like I deserve a second chance to redeem myself and show that I have grown, ”he continued. The entertainment world, for the moment, has turned its back on its mother, time will tell what will happen to her.


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