‘Breaking Bad’ Star Dean Norris Slams ‘Shameless’ Parents in College Admissions Scandal

By Tiffany Meier

“Breaking Bad” star Dean Norris had some strong words for the parents involved in the college admissions bribery scam and he did not hold back on Twitter.

Norris shared a series of scathing tweets after federal court records unsealed in Boston on Tuesday, March 12, named 50 people indicted as part of the alleged nationwide bribery scam, including “Desperate Housewives” star Felicity Huffman and “Fuller House” actress Lori Loughlin.

“When I think of all the kids who studied hard, stayed up late, had part-time jobs to pay for their college application fees, and then were denied rightly deserved places in elite colleges because some rich [expletive] cheated for their already privileged kids—I’m disgusted,” he wrote on Twitter.

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The “Breaking Bad” star, credited “hard work and perseverance” for getting into the prestigious Harvard University. For him, the idea alone that parents would pay money to guarantee their children got into a top university was “shameful.”

“I got into Harvard against long odds via hard work and perseverance. Neither of my parents went to college, we didn’t have money to even pay for SAT prep course let alone bribes,” he wrote. “Shameful. It’s hard enough for working class kids to succeed without the rich privileged taking opportunity away.”

The 55-year-old actor was so worked up after learning about the scandal, that he ended his rant by explaining he needed to go “breathe deep and go beat the [expletive] out of a punching bag.”

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The college admissions scandal broke Tuesday with 50 people, including more than 30 parents and nine coaches, were charged in the scam, which involved a nationwide conspiracy to facilitate cheating on college entrance exams and the admission of students to elite universities, including Yale and Stanford, authorities said.

“Dozens of individuals involved in a nationwide conspiracy that facilitated cheating on college entrance exams and the admission of students to elite universities as purported athletic recruits were arrested by federal agents in multiple states and charged in documents unsealed on March 12, 2019, in federal court in Boston,” according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Massachusetts.

Among the 50, Huffman was arrested Tuesday, March 12, after FBI agents showed up at her home in Los Angeles around 6 a.m. Huffman had allegedly paid $15,000 “to participate in the college entrance exam cheating scheme on behalf of her oldest daughter.” She appeared in a Los Angeles courthouse and was released after posting a $250,000 bond.

Huffman’s husband, actor William H. Macy, was not charged alongside her, although according to court documents, he did participate in a consultation about the scam.

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Loughlin was taken into custody on Wednesday, March 13, to face charges in connection with the scandal. She was charged for allegedly giving $500,000 to say her child was part of a rowing team, when that was not true, according to court documents.

Magistrate Judge Steve Kim ordered Loughlin released from federal custody on a $1 million bond following a brief hearing. Loughlin’s husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, was arrested on the same charges and released on a $1 million bond.

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