Martha Stewart

Martha Stewart was asked for her thoughts on the college admissions scandal that has more than 30 parents charged in federal court, including actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin and Loughlin’s husband, designer Mossimo Giannulli, facing possible jail time for their involvement.

“I just feel sorry for them,” Stewart told “Entertainment Tonight” at the “Time 100” gala on Tuesday night. “They might have made a bad mistake.”

Stewart has also previously lamented what the families are going through because of the bad choices they made.

“It’s just embarrassing for a family to go through what they’re going through and horrifying that it even occurred,” Stewart said. “It’s a sad thing.”

Martha Stewart knows the pressure of legal trouble and the harsh reality of prison-time.

In 2004 to 2005, she spent five months in jail after she was convicted on multiple counts of fraud and insider trading.

Stewart said in a 2017 interview of her time in prison, “But no one should have to go through that. It’s a very, very awful thing.”

Except for the threat of consequences for doing illegal things, like fraud, are what keeps many from making the poor decision to break laws in the first place.

Felicity Huffman joined 14 other parents in pleading guilty to the charges against them. That she did so could save her from spending time in federal prison, unless the prosecutor decides to press for hard time.

Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli, who received additional charges beyond those initially brought to the nearly 50 individuals involved have pleaded not guilty and plan to go to trial. This week, their lawyers have also requested more time to review documents before charges are addressed.

Loughlin and her family have reportedly remained defiantly against the assertion they have done anything wrong. In the meantime, she’s lost her roles with Hallmark Channel and her reprise as “Aunt Becky” on Netflix’s “Fuller House.” Loughlin’s younger daughter Olivia Jade also lost a lucrative beauty contract with Sephora over the scandal.

Martha Stewart did have some optimism for Loughlin and her family earlier this month, however, when she said people who live through a scandal like hers and Loughlin’s can “definitely” come back and re-establish themselves in their careers.

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