Felicity Huffman has been 'humbled' by the college admissions scandal, says Eva Longoria
Felicity Huffman pleaded guilty in the nation's largest college admissions scandal. USA TODAY
Eva Longoria is giving insight as to how the college admissions scandal has affected her former "Desperate Housewives" co-star Felicity Huffman.
The two starred side-by-side on the ABC drama for eight seasons, from 2004-2012. Longoria, who appears in this month's "Dora and the Lost City of Gold," shared her words of support for Huffman with Entertainment Tonight.
"I think she has a heart that is bigger than the sun and that's the Felicity I know and that's the woman I choose to support and love," Longoria told the entertainment outlet Wednesday in Beverly Hills. "She was humbled by what happened and I think she did handle it with as much grace as she could in that situation."
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Huffman also recently received support from her "Otherhood" co-stars. The Netflix film – starring Huffman, Angela Bassett and Patricia Arquette – was originally set to drop on the streaming service in April, but was pushed back after Huffman was accused of paying $15,000 to have her daughter's SAT answers corrected.
"I haven't spoken to her, but I feel that she's sincerely truly sorry and feels she made a humongous mistake," Arquette told Entertainment Tonight July 19. "I think she dealt with it the best way that you can deal with it, but I know she's probably carrying a lot of shame and guilt."
Bassett agreed, saying, "I think she's handling it like a grown-up person. She's handling it like a grown woman." She continued, "It's a brave thing and a courageous thing."
In May, Huffman fought back tears as she pleaded guilty in Boston federal court and admitted to conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud.
As part of a plea deal, federal prosecutors recommended Huffman receive a four-month prison term, substantially lower than the maximum 20 years the charges carry. A sentencing hearing for the star was set for Sept. 13.
In court, Huffman explained her daughter has seen a neuropsychiatrist since the age of 11. She said issues related to her therapy explained why her daughter needed an extra day to take the SAT. Some parents in the sweeping admissions case have been accused of having their children fake disabilities to get approved for extra test time to facilitate cheating. She said that just like her daughter, the neuropsychiatrist had no knowledge of her involvement.
Lori Loughlin is another celebrity named in the scandal, along with her husband fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli. The pair are are accused of paying $500,000 in bribes to coaches so their non-athlete daughters could be designated as crew recruits, easing their admission to the University of Southern California-Los Angeles. The pair pleaded not guilty to charges in April.
Contributing: Jayme Deerwester and Maria Puente
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