Felicity Huffman & William H. Macy: Headed For Divorce Amid Bribery Scandal?
These days, William H. Macy is best known for his portrayal of reprobate father Frank Gallagher on the long-running Showtime series Shameless.
But in real life, it’s Macy’s wife who’s been breaking the law and dropping the ball as a parent.
As you’ve no doubt heard by now, Felicity Huffman was one of several public figures ensnared in the FBI sting known as Operation Varsity Blues.
In fact, along with Lori “Aunt Becky” Loughlin, Huffman has become the face of the college admissions bribery scandal.
Huffman shelled out far less money than Loughlin to ensure her daughter’s place in the school of her choice ($ 15,000 to Loughlin’s $ 500,000), but it looks as though the impact on her personal life has been just as disastrous.
Macy and Huffman have been married for 22 years and are commonly regarded as one one of Hollywood’s most stable couples.
But it seems the fallout from the bribery scandal has shaken their marriage to its very foundations.
“This situation has been very trying on Felicity and William’s marriage,” a source close to the situation tells Entertainment Tonight.
“They love each other but they’ve been arguing a lot.”
Huffman stands accused working with a corrupt college test prep organization to enable her 18-year-old daughter to cheat on the SATs.
The actress was arrested without incident last week and later released on $ 250,000 bond,
Macy was not charged.
“Felicity and William have an incredibly strong marriage but this situation has put a tremendous amount of pressure on them,” the source adds.
“Their close friends were stunned by the news because they’ve always a seemed like honest, good people, people who would never lie and cheat to get what they wanted.
“They almost seemed to pride themselves on their honesty.”
It seems unlikely that Huffman will serve any jail time, but nevertheless, she faces devastating consequences.
Along with Loughlin, Huffman is being sued for $ 500 billion by people who claim to have been victimized by the actresses’ actions.
Obviously, the plaintiffs will not be awarded such an outlandish sum, but the suit serves as a reminder of the public’s profound disdain for Loughlin and Huffman.
And as their careers depend on their likability factor, it seems very likely that neither woman will ever find another job in Hollywood.