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Felicity Huffman’s Guilty Plea Could Bring 4 Months in Jail



Not being charged doesn’t absolve Mr. Macy, Ms. Roiphe added. “By not indicting people, the prosecutor is not sending the message, ‘What we think you did is O.K.’”

[In the scandal, two actresses, Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman, have taken diverging paths.]

Mr. Singer told law enforcement agents that he met with Ms. Huffman and Mr. Macy at their home in Los Angeles and “explained, in substance, how the college entrance exam scheme worked,” the complaint said. Mr. Singer said he told Ms. Huffman and Mr. Macy that he “controlled” a testing center, and “could arrange for a third party to purport to proctor their daughter’s SAT and secretly correct her answers afterwards,” the complaint said, adding that Mr. Singer told investigators that Ms. Huffman and Mr. Macy agreed to the plan.

Bradley D. Simon, a former assistant United States attorney who prosecuted white-collar criminal cases, said he found it puzzling that prosecutors opted not to charge Mr. Macy, given the claims outlined in the complaint.

“Prosecutors have discretion as to who they charge,” Mr. Simon said. “It may be that he cooperated with federal agents and provided important information as to the involvement of others, although most likely not his wife. He also could get charged in the future.”

Mr. Macy does not appear to have sustained damage to his career. He is currently appearing in “Shameless,” a series on Showtime. It was renewed in January for a 10th season, with him returning, but that season has not yet gone into production, and no release date has been set.

[The Los Angeles elite is on edge as more parents may be ensnared in the scandal.]

Mr. Macy’s movie career had already gone a little cold: His last role of note was in “Room” in 2015, and his most recent film credit was in 2017 in “Krystal,” which he also directed. It took in only $37,516 in theaters.

Ms. Huffman, who has kept a low profile since she was charged in the admissions scandal, has seen her career affected. Netflix said it would delay plans to release “Otherhood,” a comedy about motherhood starring Ms. Huffman. Ms. Huffman also deleted her parenting blog, “What the Flicka,” where she had publicly shared motherly angst.

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