College admissions scandal TV show ‘in the works’

A TV series based on the multimillion-pound US college admissions scandal is reportedly in the works.

Just two months since the alleged bribery scam made headlines around the world, it is now set to be adapted for the small screen, according to entertainment sites in the US.

Annapurna Television is said to have optioned the rights to Accepted, an upcoming book about the scandal by Wall Street Journal reporters Melissa Korn and Jennifer Levitz.

Felicity Huffman inside the Edward R Roybal Federal Building and US Courthouse in LA - Two Hollywood actresses, Huffman and Lori Loughlin, are among 50 people indicted in a nationwide university admissions scam, court records unsealed in Boston on March 12, 2019 showed
Image: Desperate Housewives star Huffman has agreed to plead guilty

Stars including Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin are among dozens of parents accused of bribing coaches and insiders at testing centres to help get their children into some of the elite universities in the country, including Stanford and Yale.

Huffman, best known for her role in Desperate Housewives, has agreed to plead guilty to the charge against her, and is due to appear in court on Monday.

The actress, who is accused of paying $15,000 (£11,500) to an invigilator to boost her daughter’s SAT score, said in a statement that she accepted responsibility and that she “will accept the consequences that stem from those actions”.

Court documents say a witness met with Huffman and her husband, actor William H Macy, at their home in Los Angeles, where he explained to the couple that he “controlled” a testing centre and could arrange for their daughter’s answers to be changed.

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Macy has not been charged, but authorities have not said why.

actress Lori Loughlin arrives at the People's Choice Awards 2017 in Los Angeles
Image: Loughlin was also among dozens of parents charged

Several other people charged have also agreed to plead guilty, prosecutors have said. Loughlin and her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, are not among them.

Authorities have called it the biggest college admissions scam ever prosecuted by the US Justice Department, with the parents accused of paying an estimated $25m (£19m) in bribes.

No students have been charged, with authorities saying that in many cases the teenagers were unaware of what was going on.

Source: SKY NEWS

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