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    ‘Shameless’ star William Macy, husband of Felicity Huffman, called college process ‘so stressful’

    Actor William H. Macy arrived at the federal courthouse in Los Angeles on Tuesday.
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    Actor William H. Macy arrived at the federal courthouse in Los Angeles on Tuesday.

    William H. Macy talked about his daughter’s ‘‘stressful’’ college application process earlier this year.

    The actor, who starred in the movie “Fargo” and currently appears on TV in “Shameless,” made the comments two months before his wife, Felicity Huffman, was among more than 30 parents charged in a sweeping college admissions bribery scam.

    Macy said in the January interview with Parade magazine that his family was ‘‘in the thick of college application time, which is so stressful.’’

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    ‘‘I am voting that once she gets accepted, she maybe takes a year off,’’ he said. ‘‘But it’s just my opinion, and we'll see what she wants to do, what Felicity thinks and how the chips fall.’’

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    Huffman was one of 13 people, including actress Lori Loughlin, taken into custody Tuesday in Los Angeles and Macy attended his wife’s initial court appearance. Authorities have not said why he wasn’t charged.

    A judge said Huffman can be released on $250,000 bail and the ‘‘Desperate Housewives’’ star was ordered to restrict her travel to the continental United States.

    Court documents say Huffman paid $15,000 she disguised as a charitable donation so her daughter could partake in the college entrance cheating scam.

    The documents state a cooperating witness met with Huffman and her husband, actor William H. Macy, at their Los Angeles home and explained to them that he ‘‘controlled’’ a testing center and could have somebody secretly change her daughter’s answers. The person told investigators the couple agreed to the plan.

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    Playwright David Mamet wrote a letter supporting Macy and Huffman, longtime friends, in an open letter posted by The Hollywood Reporter.

    ‘‘The unqualified may be accepted for many reasons, among them, as Legacies, and on account of large donations made by their parents,’’ Mamet wrote. ‘‘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.’’