John Legend says that people should not be mad at Felicity Huffman’s light sentence because of her celebrity!
On Friday, Felicity Huffman was sentenced to 14 days in prison for her involvement in the biggest college admission scandal.
Many people believe that she got off too light because she is rich. However, John Legend believes those angry over the sentencing are misguided.
Legend shared that people shouldn’t be asking for longer sentences for rich people, but a shorter sentence for everyone.
“I get why everyone gets mad when rich person X gets a short sentence and poor person of color Y gets a long one,” he said to TMZ. “The answer isn’t for X to get more; it’s for both of them to get less (or even none!!!). We should level down not up.”
Huffman is one of the first to receive a sentence after pleading guilty to mail fraud and honest services fraud.
Her sentencing consists of 14 days in prison, as well as a year of supervised release, 250 hours of community service, and $30,000 in fines.
The judge in Huffman’s case defended the sentence saying;
“This is a system which does not have a pure meritocracy and a person in position of wealth and position you are is in a much easier position in this meritocracy of college admissions,” U.S. District Judge Indira Talwani said. “I don’t think anyone wants to be going to prison, I do think this is the right sentence here.”
Huffman also gave an apology during the hearing saying;
“I am deeply sorry to the students, parents, colleges, and universities impacted by my actions,” she said. “I have inflicted more damage (on her daughter) than I could’ve ever imagined. I was frightened, I was stupid and I was so wrong. I am deeply ashamed of what I have done.”
Huffman will begin serving her sentence next month. As for Lauri Loughlin, she is processing what Huffman’s sentencing will mean for her and her husband.