'I am ashamed': Felicity Huffman to plead guilty in college admissions scandal

Felicity Huffman has agreed to plead guilty alongside 13 other parents charged with using bribery and fraud to secure places for their children at top universities in the US.

The Desperate Housewives actress allegedly paid US$15,000 to have her daughter's test results improved, an act which she said she accepts "full responsibility for".

"I am in full acceptance of my guilt, and with deep regret and shame over what I have done, I accept full responsibility for my actions and will accept the consequences that stem from those actions," she said in a statement to USA Today

"I am ashamed of the pain I have caused my daughter, my family, my friends, my colleagues and the educational community.

"I want to apologise to them and, especially, I want to apologise to the students who work hard every day to get into college, and to their parents who make tremendous sacrifices to support their children and do so honestly," she added.

The Oscar nominee is one of 50 people charged in the scandal, including fellow actress Lori Loughlin and several college athletics coaches.

Huffman insisted her daughter knew "absolutely nothing" about her actions, and that she felt she had "betrayed her".  

"This transgression toward her and the public I will carry for the rest of my life. My desire to help my daughter is no excuse to break the law or engage in dishonesty."