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Felicity Huffman's co-stars Angela Bassett, Patricia Arquette speak out on college scandal

Cydney Henderson

Felicity Huffman's co-stars from her upcoming Netflix film "Otherhood" are breaking their silence on her involvement in the nation's largest college admissions scandal.

The Netflix film – starring Huffman, Angela Bassett and Patricia Arquette – was originally set to drop on the streaming service in April, but was pushed back after Huffman was accused of paying $15,000 to have her daughter's SAT answers corrected.

While doing press for the film Friday, Arquette and Bassett praised Huffman for how she's handled the situation and offered support to their co-star during her hard times. 

"Well, I left her a message because I do think she's – I mean, I haven't spoken to her, but I feel that she's sincerely truly sorry and feels she made a humongous mistake," Arquette told Entertainment Tonight Friday. "I think she dealt with it the best way that you can deal with it, but I know she's probably carrying a lot of shame and guilt."

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Actress Felicity Huffman arrives at John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse in Boston, Massachusetts, May 13, 2019.

Bassett agreed, saying, "I think she's handling it like a grown-up person. She's handling it like a grown woman." She continued, "It's a brave thing and a courageous thing."

Arquette explained to Entertainment Tonight that others shouldn't judge Huffman too harshly because "we all make mistakes in life."

"I know we're in a time where we hold people accountable and there is a great part of that and we need to do that," Arquette said. "But the other part, that we are human, we're not perfect people."

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Angela Bassett and Patricia Arquette.

In April, Huffman publicly apologized for her actions, saying she felt "deep regret and shame over what I have done" and "will accept the consequences that stem from (my) actions."

The "Desperate Housewives" star tearfully pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud a month later on May 13, becoming the highest-profile defendant to admit to crimes in the blockbuster case. 

Huffman will be sentenced on Sept. 13. Prosecutors recommended she receive a four-month prison term, substantially lower than the maximum 20 years the charges carry. 

"Otherhood," a movie about three mothers on a mission to reconnect with their sons,  is coming to Netflix August 2.

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