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Fraud case Felicity Huffman movie is put on hold

Other mothers: In Otherhood, Huffman (far right) stars with Patricia Arquette (left) and Angela Bassett PICTURE: GC IMAGES

THE release of a film starring Felicity Huffman has been postponed by Netflix after she agreed to plead guilty in a college bribery scam.

The actress was due to star in the romantic comedy Otherhood, which had a release date of April 26. She plays one of three suburban mums who surprise their sons by visiting them in New York.

But, after Huffman agreed to enter a guilty plea on Monday, Netflix said the film would no longer become available later this month. It gave no new release date.

Accused: Huffman appearing at afederal court in Boston before saying she would admit conspiracy and fraud PICTURE: AP

The schedule change comes after Huffman and other famous and wealthy parents were caught up in a college admissions bribery scandal that affects some of the most prestigious US universities.

Former Desperate Housewives star Huffman, 56, was accused of paying consultant Rick Singer $15,000 (£11,000) disguised as a charitable donation to boost her daughter’s examination score. In a statement, Huffman apologised for taking part in the scam and said she would ‘accept the consequences that stem from those actions’.

She said: ‘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.’

Huffman will plead guilty to a charge of conspiracy and fraud, court documents say.

Prosecutors are seeking a sentence of four to ten months in jail as part of the plea deal.

Another 13 parents are to admit taking part in the scam.

Full House actress Lori Loughlin, 54, and her designer husband Mossimo Giannulli, 55, are among 50 people charged. They were not on the list of those pleading guilty.