‘Operation Varsity Blues’, What’s the buzz about?
Operation Varsity Blues: The College Admissions Scandal, a Netflix original documentary directed by Chris Smith and produced by Jon Karmen will release on Netflix on Wednesday, 17 March. The documentary shows the story of Rick Singer, a person who helped various rich people to get their unqualified children into big colleges that also included Ivy Leagues.
Operation Varsity Blues also includes the story of celebrities like Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman who were involved in this scandal along with others. Netflix released the trailer of this highly anticipated documentary 2 weeks ago, and it promised the viewers that they will get a lot of information that they didn’t even think about.
Netflix wrote, “Operation Varsity Blues offers a rare glimpse into the enigmatic figure behind a scheme that exposed the lengths wealthy families would go to for admission into elite colleges and angered a nation already grappling with the effects of widespread inequality.”
What is The College Admissions Scandal?
Rick Singer began this scam in 2011, according to the court docs, and was caught in 2018. Throughout this time Rick has reportedly spent approximately $25 million in bribery donations to the colleges to get his client’s admissions done in Top Ivy Leagues “side door”.
According to Rick Singer, he succeeded in his scam by bribing coaches, as well as college entrance exam administrators, and he made them agree on the plan to cheat in the entrance examinations according to court docs. Rudy Meredith was the coach who got arrested for bribing someone to get admission to a big college. Rudy eventually pointed towards Rick and that is how the 60-year-old man got caught in 2018.
Rick pleaded guilty to multiple criminal charges, including racketeering conspiracy, money laundering conspiracy, conspiracy to defraud the U.S,. and obstruction of justice.
Felicity Huffman’s Involvement
Felicity Huffman is a 58 years old American actress who got tricked into Rick Singer’s college admission scandal to get her daughter’s admission to a top college. However the documentary “Operation Varsity Blues” reveals that the actress didn’t really need Rick’s help as her daughter Sophia would have got into university all on her own. But still the ‘Desperate Housewives’ star spent 14 days in jail, 250 hours of community service, and one year of supervised release after pleading guilty.
Rick Singer demanded a $15,000 (£12,100) fee from Felicity to fix her daughter’s SAT scores and made her believe that it will not be possible without his help. Now, however, Felicity’s daughters got accepted into good colleges and the actress herself is free from all the charges.