Celebrated playwright David Mamet is defending his longtime friends Felicity Huffman and her husband William H. Macy, who were swept up in a sweeping college admissions bribery scheme.
The Oscar-nominated writer of flicks like “Glengarry Glenn Ross” and “Wag the Dog” wrote an open letter in which he blasted the “elite universities” – calling their admissions policies “an unfortunate and corrupt joke.”
“Harvard was once sued for restricting the admission of qualified Jews; a contest currently being waged by Asians,” the 71-year-old Pulitzer Prize winner wrote.
“The unqualified may be accepted for many reasons, among them, as Legacies, and on account of large donations made by their parents. I do not see the difference between getting a kid into school by bribing the Building Committee, and by bribing someone else. But, apparently, the second is against the Law. So be it.”
Mamet said he’s known “Shameless” actor Macy for almost 50 years.
“We started two theatre companies together, one of which, THE ATLANTIC is still in operation in New York, after 35 years,” he wrote.
“I’ve known Felicity Huffman for those 35 years, she was my student, my colleague, worked in many of my films, and created roles on stage in three of my plays,” he said about the “Desperate Housewives” star.
“I’m crazy about them both,” he added.
“That a parent’s zeal for her children’s future may have overcome her better judgment for a moment is not only unfortunate, it is, I know we parents would agree, a universal phenomenon,” he continued.
“If ever there were a use for the Texas Verdict, this is it. For the uninitiated, the Texas Verdict is: ‘Not Guilty, but Don’t do it Again.’”
In 1988, Huffman, 56, debuted on Broadway in Mamet’s “Speed the Plow” and won an Obie Award seven years later for her work in his “The Cryptogram.”
In 1999, she starred in the premiere of Mamet’s play “Boston Marriage,” and in 2015 also starred in the LA production of his “The Anarchist” with Rebecca Pidgeon.
The award-winning actress was was among 33 wealthy parents charged Tuesday with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud in a pair of scams to cheat on college-entrance exams and corruptly recruit student-athletes.
She was accused of scheming with a crooked college counselor, William “Rick” Singer, to illegally boost her daughter Sofia Grace Macy’s score on the crucial SAT exams by 400 points.
Her husband – who has not been charged – collaborated with Mamet on several films, including “Homicide,” “Wag the Dog,” “House of Games” and “Edmond.”