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Felicity Huffman has pleaded guilty to charges of mail fraud and honest services mail fraud in the nationwide US college admissions cheating scheme.

The American actress, known for her role in Desperate Housewives, allegedly paid $15,000 (€13,300) to rig her daughter's SAT score in order to get her into a better college.

The star entered her plea in a Boston federal court two months after her arrest in the Operation Varsity Blues case, where wealthy parents have been caught paying bribes to aid their children's acceptance into elite colleges.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The 56-year-old is among 14 parents who have agreed to plead guilty to the accused charges in the widely-publicised case, involving Lori Loughlin among others.

Authorities are referring to it as the biggest college admissions cheating scandal ever prosecuted in the USA. Hollywood stars and business executives have been involved in the proceedings, as well as coaches at Georgetown and Yale.

Huffman apparently paid a consultant, Rick Singer,  $15,000 to have a proctor correct her daughter's SAT answers and also considered carrying out the same plan for her younger son.

The actress was tearful in court as she faced consequences of her actions.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Parents are accused of using the admissions consultant to pay off entrance exam administrators to allow a proctor to sit tests for students or correct their mistaken answers.

Huffman has apologised for her crime and claims her daughter was unaware. "I accept full responsibility for my actions and will accept the consequences that stem from those actions," she said.

Prosecutors have stated that they will seek between four and 10 months in prison for Huffman. As she agreed to plead guilty, the recommended sentence will be at the low end of the range, and she may not actually end up in prison.

It has been pointed out that parents on the lower economic scale and especially parents-of-colour in the US have faced far longer prison times for lesser crimes.

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Eva Longoria's son is the cutest baby we've ever seen.

Now at four-months-old, little Santiago is looking more like his mama every day.

The mum took to Instagram to pen her boy a sweet birthday message, reflecting on the day she met him for the first time.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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“My little angel is four-months-old today! It’s going by too fast!” she wrote.

“I still look at Santi and wonder how my body created and nourished this little bundle of love! Truly a miracle!

“From the moment he was placed in my arms, I knew no love like this before. Happy four-month Birthday mi Santi precioso!!!”

The doting mother shared her message with photos of her happy Santi.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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He is laying on his colourful play mat in a onesie decorated with bikes, trains, and cars. His big brown eyes are looking up at his mum with so much love.

All smiles and sticking out his tongue cheekily, the boy looks truly content in the photos.

Many parents have commented on the actress’ post, saying how cute he looks.

“Looks just like you, Eva”, recognised one mum.

“He’s so precious”, said another.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The Desperate Housewives star welcomed her son into the world in June, choosing the adorable name of Santiago Enrique Bastón.

Although he is her first child, being a mum is nothing new to Eva, for she spends time parenting her husband José's three children as well.

So, tiny Santi gets to play with his with his older siblings as he grows more and more each day.

Happy four-month-birthday, Santiago! We hope have the best day with your mum.

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Desperate Housewives star Marcia Cross – or Bree Van De Kamp to fans – has revealed she is "happy and healthy"  after taking to social media to reveal she had been battling anal cancer.

Actually, what spurned her to reveal more details to fans was after she recently shared a post on Instagram lamenting the loss of her hair after going through chemotherapy. The actress hadn't spoken of her cancer diagnosis before, so naturally, fans were concerned.   

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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“So grateful and happy to be alive but sad that my hair fell out and is about 1 inch long now and looks cra cra,” wrote Cross. “Anyone else have #hairloss due to #cancer? Talk to me. I feel you.”

In the snap, we see Cross looking beautiful (her skin is incredible) and sad as we get a glimpse of her colouring her hair, lamenting how it used to be prior to her cancer diagnosis.

After followers responded in droves, she posted a second photo, reassuring everyone that she was happily, cancer-free despite her hard journey.

“I am so sorry my post wasn’t clear,” she wrote, in response to a flurry of worried messages. “I am POST cancer. All good now. Hard journey, but I am HEALTHY, happy, and more present and grateful than ever. Thank you from the bottom of my ever expanding heart for all of your LOVE.”  

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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However, it was her third message that left many feeling inspired as she explained how liberated and overwhelmed she felt at the outpouring of love and support.

“After posting a picture of myself here and uttering the words #cancer and #hairloss, I felt liberated, deliriously free and completely me,” she said.

In exposing her concerns, her fears, she said it gave her the powerful boost she needed to keep moving forward, living and being happy. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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"How or why this simple act gave me such a powerful lift I did not question, but I thanked God or whatever gave me the internal push to move forward and expose myself.”

Cross continued: “I certainly wasn’t expecting the response of love and kindness that flowed to me,” she said.

“I am ecstatically alive."

After revealing that she had anal cancer (with a bit of humour thrown in!), fellow survivors chimed in to offer support and encouragement. 

“Anal cancer survivor here! Difficult one to talk about, glad you are feeling better," wrote one.

“You look gorgeous! And if I didn’t lose hair to chemo, I would NEVER had nerve to try a Mohawk which is now my hairstyle! I used to have beautiful long red hair too, but ahh well, life changes. I’m so glad you’re sharing your story openly… here’s to #survivors,” said another.

We're glad the actress is on the mend and commend her for her moving words.

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Desperate Housewives was certainly something we all binge-watched growing up. The glamour, the drama… the crazy.

But now, a little bit of that has come to Ireland, in the name of Felicity Huffman.

Yep, the actress touched down on our green shores this week to celebrate her daughter's birthday.

The star took to Twitter to share some pictures of her stay at Ashford Castle, Co Mayo.

She wrote: "This might be the most beautiful place I have ever been to.

My girl is 16 this week and we're off on an adventure."

She also said that she's going to be spending some time in Dublin, so watch out ladies!

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Yesterday, we reported that Charlie Carver came out as gay in really touching Instagram posts.

And now, Felicity Huffman, his TV mother wrote the sweetest thing for him on her Facebook page.

Ladies, this will truly warm your heart: 

"Dear Charlie, I love you. I admire you. I applaud you. You make me happy to be human. You make me proud to be an actor. Love, your TV Mom, Lynette. And your real life friend, Flicka."

We wish they were a family in the real world, but as a TV mother, she's an amazing support for Charlie. 

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We all loved him and his twin brother in Desperate Housewives as the Scavo twins, and now Charlie Carver has come out as gay. 

The actor came out on Instagram last night in a series of heartwarming posts, which explained in detail his feelings towards revealing his true self to the public. 

A total of five posts were uploaded to his page, with the exact same picture that read, "Be who you needed when you were younger."

We're delighted that Charlie can now be himself to the world, and reading his IG posts below will warm your heart: 

 

Pt 1: “Be who you needed when you were younger”. About a year ago, I saw this photo while casually scrolling through my Instagram one morning. I’m not one for inspirational quotes, particularly ones attributed to “Mx Anonymous”- something mean in me rebukes the pithiness of proverbs, choosing to judge them as trite instead of possibly-generally-wise, resonant, or helpful. And in the case of the good ol’ Anonymous kind, I felt that there was something to be said for the missing context. Who wrote or said the damn words? Why? And to/for who in particular? Nonetheless, I screen-capped the picture and saved it. It struck me for some reason, finding itself likeable enough to join the ranks of the “favorites” album on my phone. I’d see it there almost daily, a small version of it next to my other “favorites”; I’d see it every time I checked into the gym, pulled up a picture of my insurance cards, my driver’s license…. Important Documents. And over the course of about-a-year, it became clear why the inspirational photo had called out to me. As a young boy, I knew I wanted to be an actor. I knew I wanted to be a lot of things! I thought I wanted to be a painter, a soccer player, a stegosaurus… But the acting thing stuck. It was around that age that I also knew, however abstractly, that I was different from some of the other boys in my grade. Over time, this abstract “knowing” grew and articulated itself through a painful gestation marked by feelings of despair and alienation, ending in a climax of saying three words out loud: “I am gay”. I said them to myself at first, to see how they felt. They rang true, and I hated myself for them. I was twelve. It would take me a few years before I could repeat them to anyone else, in the meantime turning the phrase over and over in my mouth until I felt comfortable and sure enough to let the words pour out again, this time to my family…

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Pt 2: For anyone who can identify with that experience (and I think we all can to some degree; saying something from a place of integrity, owning and declaring oneself), the immediate and comingling sense of relief and dread might sound familiar to you. For me, and my family, it was a precious conversation, one where I felt that I’d begun to claim myself, my life, and what felt like the beginning of a very-adult-notion of my own Authenticity. For that, and for them, I am forever grateful. *Note “Coming Out” is different for everyone. You can always Come Out to yourself. Coming Out as Gay/Bi/Trans/Non-Binary/Yourself or What-Have-You is at first a personal and private experience. If you’re ready and feel safe, then think about sharing this part of yourself with others. I recognize that I was born with an immense amount of privilege, growing up in a family where my orientation was celebrated and SAFE. If you feel like you want to Come Out, make sure first and foremost that you have a support system and will be safe. I would never encourage anyone to Come Out only to find themselves in harm’s way – a disproportionate number of Homeless American (and Global) Youth are members of the LGBTQ community who were kicked out of their families and homes out of hate and prejudice. It is a major issue in-and-of itself, and a situation not worth putting oneself at risk for. The more I adjusted to living outwardly in this truth, the better I felt. But my relationship to my sexuality soon became more complicated. The acting thing HAD stuck, and at nineteen I started working in Hollywood. It was a dream come true, one I had been striving for since boyhood. But coupled with the overwhelming sense of excitement was an equally overwhelming feeling of dread- I would “have to” bisect myself into two halves, a public and private persona, the former vigilantly monitored, censored, and sterilized of anything that could reveal how I self-identified in the latter. I had my reasons, some sound and some nonsensical. I do believe in a distinction between one’s professional life and their private one…

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Pt 3: After the first episode of television I shot went to air, it became clear to me that I was at least no longer anonymous. For the first time, I found myself stopped on the street, asked to take a picture by a complete stranger – part of the job I had willingly signed up for. Fame, to whatever degree, is a tricky creature. In this day and age, particularly with the access offered by social media, it demands that you be On, that you be Yourself, Always, in your work and to your fans. In this way, the distinction between public and private has become blurry, begging questions like “to what extent do I share myself? Do what extent do I have to?” When it came to this differentiation of public/private, I was of the opinion that my sexuality could stay off the table. While my Coming Out was very important for me, I wanted to believe in a world where one’s sexuality was for the most part irrelevant. That it didn’t “matter,” or that at least it was something that didn’t need to or ideally shouldn’t ever have to be announced to a stranger, a new colleague, an interviewer. Even the words “Coming Out” bothered me. I took issue with them insofar as that “Coming Out” implied being greeted with attention, attention for something I would prefer to be implicitly just Human, an attribute or adjective that was only part of how I saw my whole self. I did not want to be defined by my sexuality. Sure, I am a proud gay man, but I don’t identify as a Gay man, or a GAY man, or just gay. I identify as a lot of things, these various identifications and identities taking up equal space and making up an ever-fluid sense of Self. Furthermore, as an actor, I believed that my responsibility to the craft and the business was to remain benevolently neutral – I was a canvas, a chameleon, the next character. For the most part I had a duty to stay a Possibility in the eye of casting, directors, and the public. If I Came Out, I feared I would be limiting myself to a type, to a perception with limits that I was not professionally comfortable with. And I created in my imagination an Industry that was just as rigid in this belief as well.

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Pt 4: After having the privilege of playing a range of characters, gay, straight and otherwise, I realize this is not the case. Things in this business have changed and will continue to. Thank GOD. I know that because of all of the brave men and women who’ve come out, self-identified, or couldn’t have possibly ever been “In”. So to them, I am also forever grateful. But then I saw that little photo on Instagram. Well, in truth, it had found me long after I’d made up my mind to write something like this. There were so many drafts and plans, none of them ever getting off the ground. So I bided my time, justifying the silence with the fact that I hadn’t really ever been “in”. I tried to live as authentically as I’ve known how to, as a gay guy, since that concept became available to me, only once or twice intentionally dodging the ever ill-timed question with the subtext that might have as well read “ARE YOU GAY???” I’ve lived “out,” not feeling the need to announce so. I was comfortably out in my private life. And for a time, that was enough. Things change. There’s a lot about the Now that I’m very excited about these days. I feel like more and more people, particularly young people, are striving to create a safe world for each other. We’re learning new vocabularies to help others feel heard when they try and articulate their perceived “otherness”- words like cis- and trans-, non-binary, fluid… We’re together exploring the possibilities of the Social Media Frontier, experimenting with new ways to connect, galvanize, and awaken. I get fucking MOVED every time I hear a high school voted in their transgender classmate as Prom King or Prom Queen, or when I see Twitter afire with outrage over mistreatment, brutality, and injustice. But I also mourn over what feels like a lot of anger and righteous indignance. I long for the world to be simple, for everyone to feel happy and safe in who they are as individuals and members of a community. I can only hope that the beginning of this unrest is productive, something our generation(s) is moving through in order to end up someplace better.

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Pt 5: But what can I do? How can I participate? Honesty is probably a great step in the right direction. I now believe that by omitting this part of myself from the record, I am complicit in perpetuating the suffering, fear, and shame cast upon so many in the world. In my silence, I’ve helped decide for to you too that to be gay is to be, as a young man (or young woman, young anyone), inappropriate for a professional career in the Arts (WHAAA???) So now, let the record show this- I self-identify as gay. And does that really matter anymore? As a young man, I needed a young man in Hollywood to say that- and without being a dick about it, I owe it to myself, more than anything, to be who I needed when I was younger. Happy 2016, and all my best to you and yours in the year ahead. And let the record show my twin brother is just as cool for being straight. Much Love, C

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Felicity Huffman is best known as the blonde Desperate Housewife from Wisteria Lane.

But last night, the 52-year-old actress looked almost unrecognisable as she showed off her chocolate brown locks at the Emmy Awards. 

Felicity first debuted her look at the Emmy Eve party in LA on Saturday night, where she wore a figure-hugging dress to show her toned physique. 

Her husband, William H Macy, was behind her all the way as she posed on the red carpet, her dark hair straightened and wearing delicate make-up. 

Her frock had a see-through mesh with gold pattern details, which she teamed with gold heels. 

At the official Emmy Award ceremony, Felicity opted for her hair in a messy updo, and wore a navy pleated halter gown. 

The star had been nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie, for her appearance in American Crime

Her husband was also nominated for a gong for his role in Shameless US

We love her new look and think her and her hubby look so cute together!

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They were the most scandalous couple on Wisteria Lane… and now they've been spotted side-by-side once more. 

Yes, with the duo both in Los Angeles over the weekend, Eva Longoria shared a snap on Instagram of her posing up with none other than Jesse Metcalfe. 

In the popular American television series, he played John Rowland, a young lad who was having an affair with her character, a married Gaby Solis.

Eva, 40, captioned the recent picture with Jesse, 36: "Look who I ran into today! My favorite gardner!!!!"

 

Look who I ran into today! My favorite gardner!!!! #DesperateHousewives #OneOfMyFavPeople

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The pair were both attending a charity event in aid of the No Kid Hungry drive in California.

During Desperate Housewives, which ran from 2004 until 2012, Gabrielle Solis had not one but two affairs with a much younger John Rowland. 

We were hoping this picture meant there might be some real life romance on the cards for the pair (hey! we can dream) as they look so good together.

Sadly, however, both actors are already in relationships. 

Jesse is dating actress Cara Santana and Eva is has been dating José Antonio Baston for two years.

"I'm just in a happy place in my life that it's easy to be open and in love because I am in a complete place in my life," the Devious Maids producer told People magazine in April.

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