At long last, mom and actor and apparent master manipulator Felicity Huffman was sentenced this week to 14 days in prison, $30,000 fine, one-year supervised release, and 250 hours of community service. And in a heartfelt letter to Judge Indira Talwani that was obtained by Newsweek, William H. Macy described the state of his wife Felicity Huffman’s rapport with their two daughters, writing that “Felicity’s relationship with her daughters exploded on March 12th [in the wake of her involvement in the college admissions scandal] and rebuilding that relationship will be a long process.”
Indeed it will; and it may be Huffman’s harshest punishment of them all.
In case you’ve been hiding under a rock since 2016 (we wouldn’t blame you, honestly): Huffman was arrested on that March date for paying $15,000 to have 19-year old Sophia’s SAT corrected by a proctor. In his letter to Judge Talwani, Macy described Huffman as someone who’s been a devoted mother, since even before her kids were born.
“From the day we learned that Sophia Grace Macy was on her way,” he wrote, “Felicity threw herself into parenting. She read mountains of books and sought out the best and brightest on the subject.”
Macy’s letter goes on to explain that Huffman’s devotion to Sophia and later Georgia, who is now 17, grew throughout the years as Huffman tried to keep her daughters shielded from the spotlight: “Felicity worried about raising our girls in Hollywood…so we decided to keep them as far away from our business as possible…and tried to avoid them being photographed by the press.”
The protective walls carefully built by Huffman, however, came crashing down when FBI agents arrested the Desperate Housewives star at her home. Macy detailed the scene in his letter, saying of Georgia that “after watching the six FBI agents put her handcuffed Mom into a car and drive her way, she cried. The next day she said she wanted to go to school, but as the news of the case became a firestorm she had to come home.”
But Sophia, according to her father’s letter, has paid the highest price. The school where Sophia was scheduled to audition revoked her invitation. Macy wrote that Sophia “still doesn’t like to sleep alone and has nightmares from the FBI agents waking her that morning with guns drawn.”
Luckily, Macy writes that his wife has since enlisted the help of a “wonderful family therapist,” and they’ve all been going to sessions both together and separately since. “There is much work to be done,” Macy explains, “and some of the hurt and anger will take years to work through, but we are making progress.”
We’re rooting for this family’s future — if not for their past mistakes.