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Desperate Housewives star Ricardo Chavira criticises Felicity Huffman's short prison sentence

He hinted at on-set issues with fellow cast members in a series of resurfaced tweets

Jacob Stolworthy
Friday 11 October 2019 08:24 BST
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One of Felicity Huffman’s Desperate Housewives co-stars has criticised the short prison sentence she received for her role in the college admissions cheating case, calling it “white privilege”.

Ricardo Chavira, who appeared in the show as Carlos Solis, suggested that race played a part in the 14-day sentence Huffman received.

Hinting at on-set issues with his co-stars, the actor wrote in tweets that have suddenly gone viral: “White Privilege. And I saw eight years worth of it, so I know what I’m talking about. Accountability and responsibility don’t mean s**t to these people.”

“I’ve seen a lifetime of it being a halfbreed, and I’ve struggled with the intricacies of it on a daily basis with all the cultural bias I’ve received on both ends. But whatever. Slap on the wrist. Sorry, but this s**t,” he wrote.

Huffman pleaded guilty to paying a consultant to boost her daughter’s grades back in April, telling the judge she wanted to give her daughter a “fair shot” at a good education. Last month, she was sentenced to 14 days in jail as well as 250 hours of community service and a year on supervised release.

Ahead of the sentencing, Eva Longoria – who played Chavira’s on-screen wife – wrote a letter of support asking the judge to show Huffman leniency.

In the letter, she revealed that she was bullied at work by a “co-worker” and “dreaded the days” she had to work with that person “because it was pure torture”.

She wrote: ”Felicity told the bully ‘enough’ and it all stopped. Felicity could feel that I was riddled with anxiety even though I never complained or mentioned the abuse to anyone.”

Huffman will begin her sentence on 25 October.

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