Hollywood couple William H. Macy and Felicity Huffman are apparently being treated differently in the college cheating scandal, not only by the US public prosecutors, but also by the movie studios.
Whilst Mr Macy has suffered no reputational damage (he is still appearing in a new season of the still popular show ‘Shameless’), Ms Huffman’s Netflix contract will not be renewed.
Secondly, when it comes to the public prosecution side, the criminal investigation seems to show that although Mr Macy knew what was going on and was recorded in some of the call, it was mostly Ms Huffman who initiated the criminal behavior.
Further proof for this reasoning can be found in the fact that in the official complaint, Mr William H. Macy is identified only as “Spouse.”
In a phone conversation recorded by investigators, Mr. Macy was on the line along with Ms. Huffman and the consultant as plans — in the end, never carried out — were discussed for falsifying the SAT scores of their younger daughter as well.
“Are we all O.K. with the financial side and the actual operational side of it?” William Singer, the college consultant, asked Mr. Macy and Ms. Huffman in that phone call.
“Cool,” Mr. Macy responded.
Mr. Macy has remained un-indicted in the college admissions scandal that has unfolded since March, while Ms. Huffman has been charged with a crime and vilified as the very personification of ‘helicopter parenting’ and, given that she is the highest profile celebrity involved, the epiphany of wealthy Hollywood excess gone wrong.
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Today, Ms. Huffman is expected to appear in a federal courtroom in Boston to enter a guilty plea for her role in the case. It is uncertain what penalty Ms. Huffman will face.
Rebecca Roiphe, a professor at New York Law School, explained: “The bottom line on Macy was that he seemed to have been less involved in the conduct.”
“There is no doubt that the conduct could have been charged, but prosecutors use their discretion all the time, and decide not to charge somebody because they consider it either unfair or not worth the resources.”
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