Felicity Huffman Netflix Movie Pulled From April Release As Plea Hearing Set
By Jennifer Drysdale
Felicity Huffman's upcoming movie will not be released as scheduled amid her guilty plea in the college admissions scandal.
Otherhood, starring Huffman, Angela Bassett and Patricia Arquette, has been pulled from its April 26 release date, ET has learned. The film centered on the three actresses as mothers who move to New York to be closer to their adult children. A new release date has yet to be set.
ET has learned that another of Huffman's projects, When They See Us, will keep its May 31 release on Netflix. The actress has a supporting role as prosecutor Linda Fairstein in the Ava DuVernay limited series about the infamous Central Park Five case. The movie's release comes exactly a week after Huffman is set to be in court for her plea hearing at 2:30 p.m. on May 24.
Huffman, along with 12 other parents and one university athletic coach involved in the college admissions cheating scandal, pleaded guilty to charges of mail fraud and honest services mail fraud on Monday.
"I am pleading guilty to the charge brought against me by the United States Attorney's Office," she said in a statement. "I am in full acceptance of my guilt, and with deep regret and shame over what I have done, I accept full responsibility for my actions and will accept the consequences that stem from those actions."
"I am ashamed of the pain I have caused my daughter, my family, my friends, my colleagues and the educational community," the statement continued. "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. My daughter knew absolutely nothing about my actions, and in my misguided and profoundly wrong way, I have betrayed her. This transgression toward her and the public I will carry for the rest of my life. My desire to help my daughter is no excuse to break the law or engage in dishonesty."
Huffman allegedly paid $15,000 to help get her and husband William H. Macy's eldest daughter, 18-year-old Sofia, into an elite college by cheating on the SAT.
The U.S. Attorney is recommending incarceration at the low end of the sentencing guidelines in this case, a fine or other financial penalty of $20,000 and 12 months supervised release for the 13 individuals pleading guilty.