If you ask Malcolm Abbott, the son of two parents involved in the college admissions scandal, the whole bribing colleges thing isn't that big of a deal. So chill out, guys.
Malcolm, who never went to college, defended his parents, Marcia and Gregory Abbott, who face serious charges for taking part in a nationwide college cheating scam.
People magazine writes that Marcia and Gregory were indicted on charges of conspiracy to commit mail fraud. Gregory, who is the founder of food and beverage distributor International Dispensing Corporation, and his wife allegedly paid $125,000 for the individual proctoring their daughter's ACT exam to review and change any incorrect answers after she had completed it. Coincidentally, she earned a 35 out of a possible 36 on the college admissions test.
Malcolm, who now goes by the stage name Billa, attempted to justify his mother and father's actions to a group of reporters on Thursday. According to the New York Post, the rapper was posted outside his family's building in New York smoking marijuana and claimed those who chastised his parents are overreacting with their disapproval.
"They're blowing this whole thing out of proportion," Malcolm said to Post journalists while taking a hit. "I believe everyone has a right to go to college, man."
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He also took the opportunity to promote his new album, which we can only imagine he produced without the assistance of any co-writers or ghost authors.
"Check out my CD, Cheese and Crackers," he continued, blunt still in hand.
Marcia and Gregory join a long list of celebrities and wealthy individuals who were all detained by federal officials this week after supposedly giving thousands of dollars to various undergraduate institutions so their children could either attend the school or take part in on-campus extracurriculars. As Blavity previously reported, Desperate Housewives star Felicity Huffman and Fuller House actress Lori Loughlin are among some of the high-profile names facing the consequences for their actions.
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