She’s more than willing to talk. Felicity Huffman’s former assistant, April Telek, opened up to In Touch in its latest issue about being employed by both Huffman and Lori Loughlin before the college admissions scandal broke.
“I worked for Felicity and Bill [her husband, William H. Macy] 10 years ago as their assistant,” Telek, 43, told In Touch magazine, on newsstands now. She also told Life & Style that she worked for the couple when they were filming a TV series in Vancouver, Canada. Telek noted that the two of them, “were extremely generous employers and wonderful parents. They were totally good, solid, upstanding individuals who put family first” and “are a great team.”
On March 12, Huffman, 56, — along with several other parents — was indicted and arrested on federal charges for her alleged involvement in the college admissions scam. She was later released after she made an appearance in court and posted $250,000 bond. She then appeared in court on April 3 and Judge M. Page Kelley said Huffman, along with the others involved, would face the maximum sentence of 20 years in federal prison, three years probation and a $250,000 fine. Instead, Huffman pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud in connection to her alleged participation on April 8.
Telek continued, “I’m shocked, because knowing the way they raised their daughters, I feel like the girls were probably quite capable of getting where they needed to go on their own.” Indeed, when Huffman released a statement after pleading guilty, it said, in part, “I am ashamed of the pain I have caused my daughter, my family, my friends, my colleagues and the educational community. I want to apologize to them and, especially. I want to apologize to the students who work hard every day to get into college, and to their parents who make tremendous sacrifices to support their children and do so honestly.”
Looking to the future for her former employers, Telek told Life & Style, “I think that they will get through this okay … They have a large support system.”
Telek also weighed in on her other celebrity employer. “I was working with Lori on Garage Sale Mystery about a week before the scandal came out,” Telek said of the 54-year-old Fuller House star.
“I guess she was aware of everything but we would never have known about it all. Nobody knew!” Now, everyone knows, and Loughlin may have to fight the charges in court after pleading not guilty on April 15.
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