David Mamet defends Felicity Huffman amid college admissions scandal

Felicity Huffman has at least one person in her corner. After the actress’ arrest for her alleged involvement in a college admissions scam on behalf of her daughter, Sofia, Huffman’s friend David Mamet wrote an open letter for The Hollywood Reporter in defense of the star.

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In his statement, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, 71, wrote, “That a parent’s zeal for her children’s future may have overcome her better judgment for a moment is not only unfortunate, it is, I know we parents would agree, a universal phenomenon.”

He continued, “If ever there were a use for the Texas Verdict, this is it. For the uninitiated, the Texas Verdict is: ‘Not Guilty, but Don’t do it Again.'”

The film director began the letter by writing that the admissions policies for “Elite Universities” are “an unfortunate and corrupt joke,” noting, “I do not see the difference between getting a kid into school by bribing the Building Committee, and by bribing someone else. But, apparently, the second is against the Law. So be it.”

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TOPSHOT - Actress Felicity Huffman is seen inside the Edward R. Roybal Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse in Los Angeles, on March 12, 2019. - Two Hollywood actresses including Oscar-nominated 'Desperate Housewives' star Felicity Huffman are among 50 people indicted in a nationwide university admissions scam, court records unsealed in Boston on March 12, 2019 showed. The accused, who also include chief executives, allegedly cheated to get their children into elite schools, including Yale, Stanford, Georgetown and the University of Southern California, federal prosecutors said.Huffman, 56, and Lori Loughlin, 54, who starred in 'Full House,' are charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud. A federal judge set bond at $250,000 for Felicity Huffman after she was charged in a massive college admissions cheating scandal. (Photo by DAVID MCNEW / AFP) (Photo credit should read DAVID MCNEW/AFP/Getty Images)
Actress Felicity Huffman is seen inside the Edward R. Roybal Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse in Los Angeles, on March 12, 2019. - Two Hollywood actresses including Oscar-nominated 'Desperate Housewives' star Felicity Huffman are among 50 people indicted in a nationwide university admissions scam, court records unsealed in Boston on March 12, 2019 showed. The accused, who also include chief executives, allegedly cheated to get their children into elite schools, including Yale, Stanford, Georgetown and the University of Southern California, federal prosecutors said.Huffman, 56, and Lori Loughlin, 54, who starred in 'Full House,' are charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud. A federal judge set bond at $250,000 for Felicity Huffman after she was charged in a massive college admissions cheating scandal. (Photo by DAVID MCNEW / AFP) (Photo credit should read DAVID MCNEW/AFP/Getty Images)
Actress Felicity Huffman is seen inside the Edward R. Roybal Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse in Los Angeles, on March 12, 2019. - Two Hollywood actresses including Oscar-nominated 'Desperate Housewives' star Felicity Huffman are among 50 people indicted in a nationwide university admissions scam, court records unsealed in Boston on March 12, 2019 showed. The accused, who also include chief executives, allegedly cheated to get their children into elite schools, including Yale, Stanford, Georgetown and the University of Southern California, federal prosecutors said.Huffman, 56, and Lori Loughlin, 54, who starred in 'Full House,' are charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud. A federal judge set bond at $250,000 for Felicity Huffman after she was charged in a massive college admissions cheating scandal. (Photo by DAVID MCNEW / AFP) (Photo credit should read DAVID MCNEW/AFP/Getty Images)
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The screenwriter then discussed his long-standing relationship with both William H. Macy and Huffman, 56: “I’ve known and worked with Bill Macy for nearly fifty years. We started two theatre companies together, one of which, THE ATLANTIC is still in operation in New York, after 35 years. I’ve known Felicity Huffman for those 35 years, she was my student, my colleague, worked in many of my films, and created roles on stage in three of my plays.” He added, “I’m crazy about them both.”

On Tuesday night, Felicity posted bond for $250,000 after getting taken into custody by Federal Bureau of Investigation agents at gunpoint at her Los Angeles home earlier that morning. The Desperate Housewives alum was arrested for allegedly making “a purported charitable contribution of $15,000 … to participate in the college entrance exam cheating scheme on behalf of her eldest daughter.”

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The Shameless actor, 69, who was spotted heading to court for his wife’s hearing on Tuesday, also allegedly participated in a consultation for the scam.

Fellow actress Lori Loughlin and her designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, were among the dozens named and arrested in the nationwide scandal.

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Olivia Jade Giannulli and Lori Loughlin attend WCRF's 'An Unforgettable Evening' at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on February 28, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for WCRF)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 28: (L-R) Olivia Jade Giannulli, Lori Loughlin and Isabella Rose Giannulli attend WCRF's 'An Unforgettable Evening' at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on February 28, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Rachel Murray/Getty Images for WCRF)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 14: (L-R) Heidi Anne Pillsbury, Olivia Jade, Lori Loughlin and Beth Hayes Giannulli celebrate the Olivia Jade X Sephora Collection Palette Collaboration Launching Online at Sephora.com on December 14, 2018 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images for Sephora Collection)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 14: (L-R) Olivia Jade Giannulli, Lori Loughlin and Isabella Rose Giannulli celebrates the Olivia Jade X Sephora Collection Palette Collaboration Launching Online at Sephora.com on December 14, 2018 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images for Sephora Collection)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 14: Lori Loughlin (L) and Olivia Jade Giannulli celebrate the Olivia Jade X Sephora Collection Palette Collaboration Launching Online at Sephora.com on December 14, 2018 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images for Sephora Collection)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 24: Lori Loughlin and Olivia Jade Giannulli are seen on March 24, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Hollywood To You/Star Max/GC Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Actress Lori Loughlin and daughter Olivia Jade Giannulli attend Women's Cancer Research Fund's An Unforgettable Evening Benefit Gala at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on February 27, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Lori Loughlin, Olivia Jade Giannulli arrives at the The Women's Cancer Research Fund's An Unforgettable Evening Benefit Gala at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on February 27, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 25: Lori Loughlin and Olivia Jade attend the PrettyLittleThing By Kourtney Kardashian Launch on October 25, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/ WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 04: Olivia Jade and mother Lori Loughlin attend People's 'Ones to Watch' at NeueHouse Hollywood on October 4, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by C Flanigan/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 13: (L-R) Isabella Giannulli, Lori Loughlin and Olivia Giannulli arrive at the Teen Choice Awards 2017 at Galen Center on August 13, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 13: (L-R) Isabella Giannulli, Lori Loughlin and Olivia Giannulli arrives at the Teen Choice Awards 2017 at Galen Center on August 13, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 13: (L-R) Isabella Giannulli, Lori Loughlin and Olivia Giannulli attend the Teen Choice Awards 2017 at Galen Center on August 13, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JULY 27: Bella Loughlin, Actress Lori Loughlin and Olivia Loughlin arrive for the 2017 Summer TCA Tour - Hallmark Channel And Hallmark Movies And Mysteries on July 27, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Greg Doherty/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JULY 27: Actress Lori Loughlin (C) and her daughters Isabella Rose (L) and Olivia Jade Giannulli (R) attend the Hallmark Channel And Hallmark Movies And Mysteries 2017 Summer TCA Tour at on July 27, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 21: Olivia Jade and Lori Loughlin attend Marie Claire's Fresh Faces event at Doheny Room on April 21, 2017 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 21: Olivia Jade and Lori Loughlin attend Marie Claire's Fresh Faces event at Doheny Room on April 21, 2017 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 21: Actress Lori Loughlin and Olivia Jade attend Marie Claire's 'Fresh Faces' celebration with an event sponsored by Maybelline at Doheny Room on April 21, 2017 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Donato Sardella/Getty Images for Marie Claire)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 23: Actress Lori Loughlin with her daughters Olivia Jade Giannulli and Isabella Rose Giannulli are seen on March 23, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Hollywood To You/Star Max/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 16: Lori Loughlin (C) and daughters Isabella Giannulli (L) and Olivia Giannulli attend the premiere of Netflix's 'Fuller House' on February 16, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 16: Lori Loughlin (C) and daughters Isabella Giannulli (L) and Olivia Giannulli attend the premiere of Netflix's 'Fuller House' on February 16, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 10: Actress Lori Loughlin and Olivia Jade Giannulli attend the Premiere of Awesomeness Films' 'Snervous Tyler Oakley' at the Regency Bruin Theatre on December 10, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 17: (L-R) Patricia Riley, Bailee Madison, Lori Loughlin, Olivia Giannulli and Isabella Giannulli pose for a photo prior to the World Premiere Screening of 'Northpole: Open for Christmas' at The Grove on November 17, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JULY 29: Actress Lori Loughlin (R) and daughter Olivia Jade Giannulli attend the Summer TCA Tour - Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies And Mysteries at a private residence on July 29, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California.(Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 04: Lori Loughlin, Isabella Giannulli and Olivia Giannulli arrive for the Hallmark Channel Presents 'Northpole' Premiere Screening at La Piazza Restaurant on November 4, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/FilmMagic)
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