Former “Desperate Housewives” actress Felicity Huffman has hired The TASC Group, New York-based crisis/strategic communications firm, to handle media surrounding her alleged involvement in the college admissions cheating scandal.
TASC is noted for its media work on behalf of the family of Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old African-American who was gunned down by George Zimmerman in Sanford, FL in 2012. A jury acquitted Zimmerman on second-degree murder and manslaughter charges in 2013.
Caught up in “Operation Varsity Blues,” Huffman is charged with donating money to a sham charity that “fixed” her daughter’s SAT score.
The 56-year-old actress, who is free on $250K bail, could face five years in jail.
TASC founder Larry Kopp and Alastair Pearson, who handled press for “Our Future, Our Choice” part of the “People’s Vote” campaign before joining TASC, represent Huffman.
The firm has worked for David Lynch Foundation, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Refugees United, Russell Simmons, Islamic Circle of North America, Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, National Japanese-American Memorial Foundation, Matt Dillon, American Center for Democracy and Mira Sorvino.