Felicity Huffman was arrested over her alleged involvement in a college admissions bribery case.
And now after being released from custody on a $250,000 (£190,000) bail, David Mamet has penned an open letter addressing the issue of elite college admissions.
Here the screen writer addresses the ‘unfortunate’ scandal.
The 71-year-old wrote: ‘I worked for very many years in and around our Elite Universities. I am able to report that their admissions policies are an unfortunate and corrupt joke.
‘Harvard was once sued for restricting the admission of qualified Jews; a contest currently being waged by Asians.’
The star added: ‘The unqualified may be accepted for many reasons, among them, as Legacies, and on account of large donations made by their parents.
‘I do not see the difference between getting a kid into school by bribing the Building Committee, and by bribing someone else. But, apparently, the second is against the Law. So be it.’
The colleges themselves are not alleged to have been involved in this case and the indictment says that most of the children allegedly involved had no knowledge.
He claimed that the parental ‘zeal’ for their children’s future can be overcome by ones better judgement and claimed: ‘It is, I know we parents would agree, a universal phenomenon.’
Talking about his relationship with the desperate Housewives actress, Felicity Huffman who is one of the 46 people charged and faces a single felony count of mail fraud, he continued by lending her his support: ‘I’ve known and worked with Bill Macy for nearly fifty years.
‘We started two theatre companies together, one of which, THE ATLANTIC is still in operation in New York, after 35 years.
‘I’ve known Felicity Huffman for those 35 years, she was my student, my colleague, worked in many of my films, and created roles on stage in three of my plays.
‘I’m crazy about them both,’ Macy has not been charged.
Huffman has been accused in a case allegedly involving 45 others and the alleged payment bribes to influence admissions into elite US colleges, and is now facing charges of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud.
If convicted, she could face up to five years in prison.
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