Shots fired. Felicity Huffman’s former Desperate Housewives costar Ricardo Chavira called out the actress for only getting 14 days in prison after she was involved in the nationwide college admissions scandal. “White Privilege. And I saw eight years worth of it, so I know what I’m talking about,” the 48-year-old said after he linked to an article about the 56-year-old via Twitter on September 13. “Accountability and responsibility don’t mean s—t to these people.”
“I saw eight years worth of it working on Housewives. I’ve seen a lifetime of it being a half-breed, and I’ve struggled with the intricacies of it on a daily basis with all the cultural bias I’ve received on both ends,” he claimed, referring to his ethnicity. “But whatever. Slap on the wrist. Sorry, but this is s—t.” Chavira also replied to a now-deleted tweet, writing, “But it’s not about race. Tired of stupid people and their stupid arguments. If you haven’t lived it, you really have no say. Stay in your lane.”
Some fans took Chavira’s side, though. One person wrote, “Thank you for speaking up, bro!!! I was just a P.A., so no one believes me!!!!” while another echoed, “Yes, had it been anyone else, we would be looking at them getting over 10 years of time for this! #unacceptable.”
It’s been quite a year for Huffman — who shares two daughters: Sophia, 19, and Georgia, 17, with her husband, William H. Macy — ever since she pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud for paying $15,000 to boost Sophia’s SAT scores. In September, she was sentenced to 14 days in prison along with one year of probation in addition to completing 250 hours of community service, and she has to pay a $30,000 fine.
After her court appearance, Huffman owned up to her mistakes. “I broke the law. I have admitted that, and I have pleaded guilty to this crime,” she said in a statement. “There are no excuses or justifications for my actions. Period. I would like to apologize again 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.”
Huffman will have to report to the Federal Correctional Institution in Dublin, California, on October 25, and it doesn’t seem like the conditions are up to par for a Hollywood A-lister. A former inmate compared the prison to “college dorm living,” they exclusively told In Touch. “Just imagine four people crammed into a teeny-weeny broom closet that barely fits four beds,” Amy Povah, who served nine years at the facility before founding the Can-Do Foundation, revealed. “Then, there’s a toilet and sink all in that little bitty room.”
Hopefully, time in the slammer will go by quickly for Huffman since she is “terrified of being locked up,” another source explained. “She just wants to get it over with. She’s doing the utmost to make up for her mistakes and be a better person.”
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