William H. Macy’s past comments about supporting nepotism and being willing to give his daughters a ‘leg up’ in Hollywood are beginning to resurface after his wife, Felicity Huffman, was indicted in the college bribery scandal.
In 2004, Macy said that ‘nepotism works’ and that he had ‘no problems with it’ since ‘one can help your children in this business.’
‘If I can give them a leg up, I absolutely would,’ Macy told
‘It’s a great way to make a living. It really is.’
The ET comments aren’t the only ones that are coming back to haunt the star of such hits as Fargo, Boogie Nights, Magnolia, and Shameless.
Actor William H. Macy (seen above arriving at the federal courthouse in Los Angeles on Tuesday) was quoted in 2004 as saying he ‘had no problem’ with nepotism
Macy is the husband of Desperate Housewives star Felicity Huffman (above)
Huffman is one of 50 people indicted in a massive college bribery scheme. Huffman allegedly paid money to falsify SAT scores for her daughter Sofia (seen far left) so that she could enter an elite university
In February, the 69-year-old actor told
‘It’s the cheapest way to go,’ Macy said.
‘Lies cost you a lot, and they’re never worth what they cost.’
In 2006, Macy was quoted as telling ET: ‘There’s a kind of person who thinks it’s alright to lie a little bit for a greater good, but people who lie a little bit for a greater good are called liars and that’s the end of it.’
Huffman and fellow actor Lori Loughlin were among 50 people named in a federal indictment which alleged that a network of wealthy parents paid bribes to arrange for their children to be accepted into well known colleges and universities.
Huffman has been charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud – a crime that carries with it a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.
A magistrate judge ordered the actress to restrict her travel to the continental U.S. and she surrendered her passport to the court.
Sophia, 18, (far right) received a score of 1420 out of 1600, a 400-point improvement from her PSAT results just one year prior
Though Macy has not been named in the indictment, federal prosecutors allege he was well aware of the scheme and he could very well be charged at a later date.
Huffman allegedly made a charitable contribution of $15,000 to a nonprofit, Key Worldwide Foundation, in exchange for having a proctor falsify her daughter Sofia’s SAT scores.
Huffman deleted her social media accounts on Friday, and pulled down her parenting website, What The Flicka.
This comes after the 56-year-old Desperate Housewives actress had to post a $250,000 bail to get out of jail following her arrest over her alleged involvement in a bombshell college admissions cheating scandal.
The couple was seen heading back to Los Angeles federal court on Friday.
It seemed that the two were likely checking in on the conditions of Huffman’s bond, with the court not showing any appearance for either, although there was a 10am hearing that was closed to the public.
Macy was not indicted in the college admission scheme, but he could still find himself in hot water with prosecutors since he was aware of the plan according to phone conversations detailed in the complaint.
Federal documents show that while Huffman worked alone to iron out the details when the couple’s first daughter, Sofia, had her SAT changed by a proctor to improve her score, Macy was aware of the situation and the payment came from the couple’s joint account.
He in turn took a more active role in organizing the younger daughter’s fradulent SAT, agreeing to the money and a set place and time much like his wife had done one year prior with their other child.
Full House star Lori Loughlin (right) was also charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud for allegedly paying $500,000 to get their daughters Olivia Jade (left), 19, and Isabella, 20, into the University of Southern California
In that case however, the couple’s daughter, Georgia Grace Macy, achieved the results she had hoped for on her own and the mastermind behind the operation was informed that she would not be needing to submit a fraudulent score.
This does not mean Macy will not be charged down the line in the case.
That would explain why Macy was not identified by name in court documents filed Tuesday and instead referred to as Huffman’s spouse.
Loughlin was also charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud for allegedly paying $500,000 to get their daughters Olivia Jade, 19, and Isabella, 20, into the University of Southern California.
The scheme worked in several ways.
First, parents would pay obtain a medical document which said their child needed extra time to complete either their SAT or ACT test.
Once they got it, they would take the test in one of two centers that was controlled by the scheme’s ‘mastermind’ Rick Singer.
One was in Hollywood and one was in Texas.
Singer paid off Mark Riddell, a ‘really smart’ Florida college prep teacher who would fly to the test locations when a child was due to take it and either sit it for them or correct their answers once they had finished.
The doctored tests were then sent on to be graded.
The second part of the scheme involved creating fake athlete profiles for kids to get them athletic scholarships to schools they would not have gotten into on their grades alone.
Singer allegedly had several sports coaches from various colleges around the US on his pay roll to facilitate this part of the scheme.
The Schools involved in the nation-wide scheme included Yale, Stanford, Georgetown, USC, and UCLA.