A college admissions scandal is sweeping the nation. And James Van Der Beek is weighing in.
On Tuesday (March 12), news broke that over 40 people are being indicted – including actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin – for allegedly paying thousands of dollars to get their children into elite schools across the country, including the University of Southern California, Georgetown, Yale and Stanford.
And according to an ABC News report, the case, which is being handled by the FBI and the IRS, has been dubbed “Operation: Varsity Blues.”
James Van Der Beek, who starred in the teen drama called Varsity Blues in the late 90s, retweeted the report and captioned it with a clever reference to an iconic scene on the show: “If only there was a succinct turn of phrase these kids could have used to inform their parents they were not desirous of their life path…”
The scene he was referring to is an argument between James’ character, John “Mox” Moxon, and his dad about playing high school football, where he yells out the now-infamous line: “I don’t want your life!”
But what’s the deal with the Bribery Scam and how did Felicity and Lori get caught up in it?
Felicity and her husband, William H. Macy, allegedly made a charitable contribution of $15,000 to participate in a college entrance exam cheating scheme for their eldest daughter, 18-year-old Sofia.
Lori and her husband, designer Mossimo Giannulli, allegedly paid $500,000 to have their two daughters — Isabella, 20, and Olivia, 19 — deemed as recruits for USC’s crew team though they never actually participated in the sport.
Arrest warrants were issued for both actresses.
Felicity was taken into FBI custody on Tuesday (March 12), and bail has been set at a $250,000 bond after a hearing with a federal magistrate on the same afternoon.
Lori was out of town at the time authorities went to her home to make the arrest. She is now reportedly in FBI custody and will appear before a federal magistrate this afternoon.