A pot-smoking son came to the defense of his parents after they were accused of taking part in the college admission scam.
While the college scandal has focused heavily on Hollywood names that have been implicated in bribing their children’s way into elite universities, dozens of others have also been caught in the racketeering plan, including New York food and beverage distributor Gregory Abbott and his wife, Marcia.
Their son, Malcolm, who is a rapper known by the name “Billa,” came to their defense Wednesday as he “popped out of the family’s Fifth Avenue building to smoke a giant blunt,” the New York Post reported.
“They’re blowing this whole thing out of proportion,” he said to reporters outside of the New York City home that overlooks the Metropolitan Museum of Art. “I believe everyone has a right to go to college, man.”
“I didn’t go to college,” he added, in between drags, before he “shamelessly plugged his music,” according to The Post.
“Check out my CD, ‘Cheese and Crackers,’ ” he said, speaking of his five-song record which ironically includes a track titled, “If I Lost My Money.”
Gregory, 68, and Marcia, 59, are facing federal charges of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud, The Post reported Tuesday as news of the scandal unfolded. Abbott, the founder of International Dispensing Corp., is accused along with his wife of paying over $100,000 to William Rick Singer to boost their daughter’s SAT and ACT scores.
Abbott was out on $500,000 bail after an appearance at federal court in Manhattan on Tuesday while his wife, who lives in Colorado with the couple’s 18-year-old daughter, was scheduled to appear in court separately. Another man who claimed to be the couple’s son defended the couple as victims in a profane rant to the New York Post.
“They got roped into [this by] some guy who f–king cheated them,” he said, caling the Abbotts his “parents” but later claiming he was a “friend of the family.”
“They’re in their 60s, but they’re also … removed from the real world,” he added. “They don’t f–king understand this s–t.”
He appeared with Malcolm on Wednesday after the “rapper” had spoken during his smoking break.
The alleged racketeering scam involves more than nine coaches and 30 parents, including actress Lori Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli as well as Hollywood star Felicity Huffman, who is married to actor William Macy.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) March 14, 2019
A video of Loughlin’s daughter resurfaced and made the rounds on social media following the news. The YouTube star, who has a massive following for her makeup tutorials, admitted she didn’t really care about college and was looking forward to “game days and partying.”
— Johnny (@Johnnys_Eye) March 12, 2019
Singer, the mastermind behind the scam, ran the nearly decade-long scheme in which wealthy parents paid millions in bribes to land their children in the elite colleges.
“Operation Varsity Blues,” as the case was referred to by officials, was under investigation for more than a year and involved some of the nation’s top schools, including Yale, Georgetown, Stanford, University of Southern California, UCLA and the University of Texas.
Twitter users weighed in on Abbott’s entertaining defense of his parents.
Screenwriters: *furiously restructuring screenplays on admissions scandal to include Malcolm Abbott subplot* https://t.co/gxGEnh6k6Q
— Lily Herman (@lkherman) March 14, 2019
The college admissions scandal is truly the gift that keeps on giving. The NY Post spoke with one wealthy failson beneficiary as he “popped out of the family’s Park Avenue building to smoke a giant blunt” (he makes sure to promote his mixtape) https://t.co/lSiFZG0CZh pic.twitter.com/13wPirezKe
— Tom Gara (@tomgara) March 14, 2019
Wait a minute…. 😳this isn’t satire????????
— marang setshwaelo (@marangdream) March 14, 2019
not sure if there’s a pulitzer prize for news photography, but if not, they must invent one for that photo
— Otherwise Blameless (@frognal) March 14, 2019
That picture is just crying out to be made into the perfect meme.
— Rebecca DiGiuro (@LoveTheWitty) March 14, 2019
It brings me no joy to say this, but I listened to his rap and it’s nowhere near as bad as it should be https://t.co/5BmH3xRleL
— Tom Gara (@tomgara) March 14, 2019
Dude wants to be a rapper but can’t roll a blunt.
— Cody (@CodySaysStuff) March 14, 2019
This is how the elites work in American society. They support socially and economically disastrous policies, and then simply buy their own way out of the negative consequences of them
— Jussie Smollett Suicide Watch (@moderate_rabble) March 14, 2019
Malcolm Abbott said “I believe everyone has a right to go to college, man,” and didn’t get the irony of his parents being in the middle of an admissions scandal. It’s obvious Malcolm didn’t take anyone’s place in a college class… 🤣
— Dee Campbell (@ArtedsLife) March 14, 2019
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