“I just think that Felicity gave the perfect statement,” the 63-year-old told Us Weekly at the 2019 TCM Classic Film Festival opening night gala and 30th anniversary screening of When Harry Met Sally in Hollywood on Thursday, April 11. “I think she’s handling it very well … I just wish her the best.”
The Transamerica star, 56, announced on Monday, April 8, that she would plead guilty to a charge of conspiracy and fraud over her involvement in the nationwide scam — she had been accused of paying thousands of dollars to help her daughter Sofia‘s SAT score. “I am in full acceptance of my guilt, and with deep regret and shame over what I have done, I accept full responsibility for my actions and will accept the consequences that stem from those actions,” the actress said in a statement.
She continued, “I am ashamed of the pain I have caused my daughter, my family, my friends, my colleagues and the educational community. I want to apologize to them and, especially, I want to apologize to the students who work hard every day to get into college, and to their parents who make tremendous sacrifices to support their children and do so honestly.”
The Emmy winner added, “My daughter knew absolutely nothing about my actions, and in my misguided and profoundly wrong way, I have betrayed her. This transgression toward her and the public I will carry for the rest of my life. My desire to help my daughter is no excuse to break the law or engage in dishonesty.”
But not all of Felicity’s costars from the popular ABC show had kind words for her, as Nicollette Sheridan told Access last month, “We don’t know the facts, but we can be extremely disturbed by the entitlement, the power and money that can take away from less privileged and that, to me, is disgraceful. The 55-year-old added, “So, we’ll see where it really stands.”
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