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William H. Macy Said He Believes In Giving Daughters A 'Leg Up' In Hollywood

Lynne Versluys 17 Mar 2019

Previous statements by the actor are coming back to haunt him.

An Admissions Scandal

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Getting into college can be tough, but some parents recently took things to a criminal level. What is now known as Operation Varsity Blues has been dominating headlines all week, exposing the corruption in the upper classes and academia.

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Operation Varsity Blues

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Upwards of fifty rich and famous parents used an extensive web of bribery and cheating in order to get their children into elite universities.

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Famous Involvement

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Actors like Full House's Lori Loughlin and Desperate Housewives's Felicity Huffman have both been charged in association with the scam.

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Lori Loughlin And Mossimo Giannuli

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Loughlin and her fashion designer husband Mossimo Giannuli were charged with paying $500,000 to USC in order to get their daughters "recruited" by the crew team and getting admitted that way, despite neither girl playing the sport.

Both were taken into custody, but were released on bail of $1 million. Loughlin has been cut from her projects with Hallmark and dropped by Netflix from Fuller House.

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Felicty Huffman

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Felicity Huffman was also arrested for her connection to the scam and was charged with conspiracy to commit fraud and honest services fraud. According to reports, Huffman made a $15,00 donation to the Key Worldwide Foundation, which was actually a front for an extensive collegiate bribery operation.

This payment arranged for someone to pretend to be Huffman's daughter and take her SAT for her, leading to a much higher score.

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The weird thing is that on her popular show, Desperate Housewives, Huffman's character also paid a $15,000 bribe in order to get her children into private school.

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William H. Macy Wasn't Charged

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For some reason, Huffman's husband, actor William H. Macy, wasn't charged in connection to the scheme.

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Still, some of his previous comments about nepotism and honesty are coming back to haunt him. In an interview with ET back in 2004, Macy said this about nepotism in his industry:

"One can help your children in this business, and the nepotism works, and I have no problems with it. If I can give them a leg up, I absolutely would. It's a great way to make a living. It really is."

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"Never Lie"

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As recently as last February, Macy gave an interview with Men's Journal saying the best advice he'd ever received​ was "never lie."

"It’s the cheapest way to go. Lies cost you a lot, and they’re never worth what they cost."

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Anti-Lying Again

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Back in 2006, Macy also addressed dishonesty in politics to ET at the premiere of his film Bobby.

"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."

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More Fallout To Come

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Those involved in the scandal will be appearing before a court in Boston later in the month, so more details are sure to come out in time.

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