Netflix has shelved, at least for the time being, a film starring Felicity Huffman. This news comes after the actress entered a guilty plea in the ongoing college admissions scandal.
As The Guardian reports, Netflix was to release the original romantic comedy Otherhood, starring Huffman — as well as Patricia Arquette and Angela Bassett — on April 26. However, following the actress’s guilty plea, Netflix has withdrawn plans to release the film until further notice.
“The lighthearted feature apparently follows three mothers who are at the end of their ropes when it comes to their adult sons, played by Jake Lacy, Jake Hoffman, and Sinqua Walls.”
No new release date for the film has been announced, according to Refinery 29. Netflix users who attempt to access the movie’s page on the platform are redirected back to the home page.
On Monday, as reported by CNN, Huffman pleaded guilty to charges that she paid $15,000 to a bogus charity associated with Rick Singer. She was charged with facilitating cheating on her daughter’s behalf on the SATs, in order to get said daughter into an elite university. Under federal sentencing guidelines for such a crime, she faces up to 20 years in prison, and a fine of up to $250,000. However, prosecutors are believed to be advocating for a “low end” prison sentence of somewhere around two years instead, in addition to a fine of $20,000.
Huffman, along with actress Lori Loughlin, were the two most high-profile individuals caught up in the college admissions scandal. The scandal surrounds largely wealthy parents who stand accused of bribes, payoffs, and of employing other illicit means in order to get their children into elite universities.
Loughlin, like Huffman, also has a connection to Netflix. Specifically, she starred on Fuller House, Netflix’s sequel to the late ’80s/early ’90s series Full House. However, as Vulture reported at the time, the streaming service and Loughlin parted ways in March, following the news of the scandal. Similarly, Loughlin was let go from the Hallmark Channel, and will no longer appear in any of its movies or shows, according to Refinery 29.
Huffman, for her part, insists that her daughter had nothing to do with her crimes, and that her daughter should not be held accountable.
“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.”