(LOS ANGELES) — A Los Angeles judge Tuesday night set bail for actress Felicity Huffman at $250,000 for her alleged part in a college admissions bribery scandal, dubbed Operation Varsity Blues, revealed earlier in the day.
According to charging documents, the former Desperate Housewives star, who’s married to Shameless actor William H. Macy, “made a purported charitable contribution of $15,000 … to participate in the college entrance exam cheating scheme on behalf of her eldest daughter.”
Huffman appeared in court in person with her husband and surrendered her passport, with the judge ordering that her travel be restricted to the U.S. Macy isn’t named in the charging documents. Huffman’s next court date is March 29.
Also in court Tuesday night was fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, who’s the husband of former Full House star Lori Loughlin. The charging documents say the couple “agreed to pay bribes totaling $500,000 in exchange for having their two daughters designated as recruits to the [University of Southern California] crew team — despite the fact that they did not participate in crew — thereby facilitating their admission to USC.” Federal agents obtained emails from Loughlin implicating her in the scam, according to the documents.
Bond for Giannuli was set at one million dollars. He also was ordered to surrender his passport and return to court March 29. Loughlin was shooting a movie in Canada and at last word was flying back to Los Angeles.
Those indicted in Operation Varsity Blues allegedly paid bribes of up to $6 million to get their children into elite colleges, including Yale, Stanford, Georgetown and the University of Southern California, federal prosecutors said.
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