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Felicity Huffman Gets Jail Time for Rigged SAT Test in WeHo



Live blog of the events via our friends at TMZ….

3:18 PM PT — The judge in the case said some revealing things that could determine what happens to Lori Loughlin and others. The judge gave credit to Felicity for 2 reasons — she had “near immediate acceptance of responsibility” for her crime, and she paid one of the smallest bribes.  

The judge also questioned prosecutors, who made it clear they wanted to scare the crap out of other parents who might be thinking about doing the same thing. The judge said, “I have trouble with the notion of general deterrence. It doesn’t make sense to me.”

And, this is fascinating. The judge said she was not swayed by prosecutors claiming the bribery scheme undermined the entire college admissions process, adding, it “has cracks in it with or without what these defendants have done.”

1:20 PM PT — In case it’s not apparent, this is a spectacular loss for prosecutors, who at first were clearly gunning for years in prison for anyone involved in the scheme. Ultimately, the people who count — the Probation Dept. and the judge — have essentially said the case amounted to a bunch of nothing. 14 days is a huge embarrassment for prosecutors. It would be shocking if prosecutors don’t try to cut a deal with Lori Loughlin … a deal that would mimic Felicity’s sentence.

1:10 PM PT — Felicity just left court. She beelined it to a waiting SUV, without saying anything to the waiting crowd.

12:53 PM PT — Felicity will have to turn herself in to begin her 2 weeks behind bars on Oct. 25.

12:37 PM PT — The judge just sentenced Felicity to 14 days behind bars, a $30k fine, one year of supervised release and 250 hours of community service. She’ll start her prison time at a later date.

12:19 PM PT — Felicity now has the floor … saying, “I am deeply sorry to the students, parents, colleges and universities impacted by my actions.” She continued, “I have inflicted more damage (on her daughter) than I could’ve ever imagined.”

Huffman also said, “I was frightened, I was stupid and I was so wrong. I am deeply ashamed of what I have done.”

12:05 PM PT — Prosecutors are not pulling any punches, demanding Felicity get a month behind bars. They’ve also looped Huffman’s daughters into their argument, saying Felicity showed little confidence in her children’s academic ability and that they should be angry at their mom.

As for the $20,000 fine and community service punishment Felicity’s legal team suggested? Prosecutors say it amounts to nothing considering Huffman is worth tens of millions and enjoys doing community service.

Felicity Huffman‘s time to face the music has arrived … she just showed up to court to go before the judge and learn her fate after pleading guilty in the college admissions bribery scandal.

Felicity marched into court with her husband, William H. Macy. She looked stoic, but all signs point to an extremely light sentence … and she could get no jail time at all.

Prosecutors want the “Desperate Housewives” star to spend a month behind bars for paying $15k to rig her daughter’s SAT test. The Probation Dept. has suggested no time behind bars is appropriate, because no one suffered a loss as a result of Felicity’s actions.

Our bet … 30 days house arrest.

It’s interesting … prosecutors have retreated in a big way … they initially wanted a minimum of 4 months, but reduced it to 1 in the face of the probation report. Prosecutors explained the change by saying the amount of time doesn’t matter, as long as there’s a message that similar wrongdoers will get some time. Even prosecutors don’t believe that — not the way it works.

Regardless of the sentence, it doesn’t change the fact Felicity pled guilty to conspiracy charges for paying $15k to give her daughter a leg up on her college entrance exam. That means she’s now a felon, which means at the very least she can’t own a firearm.

Lori Loughlin, on the other hand, chose to fight the charges instead of copping a plea deal. Given Felicity’s soft sentence and the Probation Dept. justifying it by saying there was “no actual or intended loss” … Loughlin may now have the edge.

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Joe Exotic Prison Has 2nd Highest ‘Rona Rate



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FORT WORTH (TMZ) — The prison Joe Exotic is currently being held at is the second leading hotbed for coronavirus in the entire federal prison system — but not to worry … Uncle Sam’s got a plan.

The ‘Tiger King’ star has been locked up at FMC Forth Worth in Texas, and as of Tuesday … there was a total of 298 confirmed COVID-19 cases among inmates, making it number 2 behind a federal CA facility at 570 inmate cases.

If that sounds troubling, it should … we’ve seen jails and prisons across the U.S. getting besieged with the virus — and some of the inmates are suffering. The Federal Bureau of Prisons has assured us they’re going above and beyond for their prisoners, staff and visitors alike at Joe’s facility to keep them safe and healthy.

As for Joe … his people have repeatedly told us … he’s virus-free.

The agency tells TMZ there’s a comprehensive action plan in place at all of their institutions — which includes reducing inmate transfers, increasing screening and testing, minimizing unnecessary movement on the inside and temporarily canceling social and legal visits, not to mention training for BOP employees. They will also do regular temperature checks.

The trick is … as little congregating as possible. BOP says it’s trying to keep guards at one post for as long as possible to avoid unnecessary interaction.

BOP also tells us they’ve made sure everyone — prisoners and staffers — have received surgical masks. BOP says it has things under control — so far fewer than 5 deaths at the Fort Worth facility … but with nearly 300 cases, it’s gotta be viewed as a full-fledged outbreak.

So … guess that means Joe’s in good hands??? Here’s hoping so.

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Anderson Cooper Reveals He’s a Dad, Welcomes New Baby Boy



Anderson Cooper Reveals He's a Dad, Welcomes New Baby Boy

NEW YORK CITY (TMZ) — Anderson Cooper is the proud new father of a baby boy … revealing Wyatt Morgan Cooper to the world.

The CNN anchor took to Instagram Thursday night to reveal earlier this week Wyatt was born via surrogate. Cooper said, “As a gay kid, I never thought it would be possible to have a child, and I’m grateful for all those who have paved the way, and for the doctors and nurses and everyone involved in my son’s birth.”

As for Wyatt’s name, 52-year-old says it’s in honor of his dad, who passed away when he was just 10, saying, “I hope I can be as good a dad as he was.”

Anderson also shared a sweet message about his surrogate, saying, “Most of all, I am grateful to a remarkable surrogate who carried Wyatt, and watched over him lovingly, and tenderly, and gave birth to him. It is an extraordinary blessing – what she, and all surrogates give to families who cant have children.”

Finally, Anderson says, “I do wish my mom and dad and my brother, Carter, were alive to meet Wyatt, but I like to believe they can see him. I imagine them all together, arms around each other, smiling and laughing, happy to know that their love is alive in me and in Wyatt, and that our family continues.” His mother, Gloria Vanderbilt died last year.

Wyatt is Anderson’s first child … Congrats!!

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Madonna: I Have Antibodies … Gonna Breathe in COVID-19 Air



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Madonna has revealed — via her “Quarantine Diary” — that she’s tested positive for coronavirus antibodies, and already has a bizarre plan for using them.

The Material Girl’s known for posting some eccentric material on her Instagram, but she’s kicked things up a notch during lockdown … the latest being heading outside to “breathe in the COVID-19 air.”

Yep, Madge says now that she knows she has the antibodies, she’s going out for a drive and rolling down the windows. She included the hashtags #staysafe #staysane with her video post.

It’s unclear exactly what M hopes to accomplish by sucking in virus air on her drive, but if she truly has antibodies it means she likely already had the coronavirus. Most scientists agree she should have some COVID-19 immunity, but it’s unclear for how long.

Madonna’s been doing her part in coronavirus relief efforts — both by donating a million dollars and joining the REFORM Alliance in sending 100,000 surgical masks to jails and prisons.

She’s throwing caution to the wind, though, with her own health.

Hey, she’s got a pocket full o’ antibodies and she’s gonna spend ’em!!!

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