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Originally posted 10/08/2010 05:15PM
Don't mess with Uncle Jesse.
The Michigan couple who attempted to extort $680,000 from former Full House actor John Stamos learned the hard way. Allison Coss and Scott Sippola, who were convicted in July of conspiracy and using email to threaten a person's reputation, each received four-year prison terms on Friday.
"The defendants' strategy consisted of lying and inventing stories at trial in a bid to confuse and incite the jury," Stamos, 47, said in a statement read in court (he wasn't present). "I was forced to watch [Coss] slander me at trial with impunity while the press reported their fabricated allegations."
Originally posted 07/16/2010 09:30AM
He had his day in court, and now John Stamos is criticizing the liars that conspired to extort $860,000 from him on the Internet.
"I am shocked and perplexed how individuals could fabricate so many false stories in an effort to defend a crime," Stamos said in a statement via his Twitter account Friday. "I agreed to be a witness for a federal criminal prosecution and endured countless false accusations about my behavior and appropriateness. The allegations made regarding an inappropriate relationship are completely untrue. These slanderous allegations to smear my reputation were part of their defense to redirect attention away from the federal crime of extortion."
Originally posted 07/15/2010 06:10PM
John Stamos won his legal battle Thursday when a jury convicted a Michigan couple of conspiring to extort $680,000 from him.
Allison Coss and Scott Sippola allegedly told Stamos, 46, they had photos of him with cocaine and strippers and would sell them to the tabloids. Federal prosecutors said they never had the compromising pictures.
The couple were convicted of conspiracy and using e-mail to threaten a person's reputation. The charge carries a sentence of up to five years in prison.
Originally posted 07/13/2010 12:35PM
An attorney for John Stamos on Monday denied that the actor had a romantic fling with a 17-year-old in 2004 – as the woman, now 24, stood trial in Michigan for allegedly trying to extort hundreds of thousands of dollars from the actor.
During opening arguments, Allison Coss's lawyer claimed that Coss and Stamos, now 46, had romantic encounter when Coss was a high school student on spring break in Florida in 2004, the Associated Press reports.
Stamos attorney William Sobel later said in a statement that "the allegations made today in the courtroom by the defendant's attorneys during opening statements will not be proven because they are simply untrue."
Originally posted 06/08/2010 01:00AM
John Stamos may be going Gleek!
Stamos, known for his role as Full House heartthrob Uncle Jesse, is negotiating a deal to appear in a recurring role on FOX’s musical hit comedy Glee next season, reports EW.com.
The show's season finale, airing Tuesday, may provide clues about the character Stamos could play, when a certain mysophobic guidance counselor mentions she’s been dating her dentist. That, of course, is Emma (Jayma Mays), the one who got away from doting glee club director Will Schuester (Matthew Morrison).
Originally posted 12/20/2009 10:00AM
In an industry where privacy is hard to come by, celebrities prefer to keep their dirty laundry behind closed doors. But a recent string of extortion plots against Hollywood players has them coming out swinging – no matter the risks of humiliation or hardship.
Larry Stein, an attorney who represented actor Rob Lowe and his wife in an alleged extortion plot by their former nannies, says, in fact, more celebrities are willing to face down their blackmailers.
"Celebrities have to let people know that they’re not going to be extorted, or that they’re not going to be threatened," Stein says. "It’s important to distance yourselves from these people and tell them you’re not going to be bullied by them … People are prepared to stand up to it now."
Originally posted 12/08/2009 01:10PM
Full House star John Stamos confirmed Tuesday that he was allegedly blackmailed for $680,000 by an a man and a woman threatening to sell to the tabloids pictures that the actor claims are merely photos of him "posing with fans."
The alleged extortionists were arrested last week in an FBI sting operation after they met with an undercover agent posing as a Stamos representative for a money drop in a Michigan airport, authorities say.
A raid on the home of Allison Coss, 23, and Scott Sippola, 30, of Marquette, Mich., turned up three photos of Stamos, a piece of paper with Stamos's personal cell phone number on it, and a list of three tabloid magazines with contact numbers for each, according to the FBI.
Originally posted 11/14/2007 12:25PM
John Stamos has a budding new romance with Victoria's Secret model Emma Heming, a source tells PEOPLE.
The ER heartthrob and Heming were spotted together last Thursday at Indochine in New York City with friends, including Ben Silverman, Jamie-Lynn Sigler and Scott Sartiano. They were also seen as at the Manhattan nightspot Socialista later that same night.
"They were definitely together," says a source. "They're seeing each other. It's a very new relationship."
Originally posted 11/13/2007 01:55PM
John Stamos was involved in an altercation Monday with a woman who allegedly became belligerent on a flight from Chicago to Los Angeles, according to reports.
The woman reportedly shook Stamos awake while he was sleeping in first class, took his seat and would not give it back when he went to the restroom, and eventually hit the ER actor several times in the hand, a source tells Access Hollywood.
Originally posted 07/02/2007 06:00PM
John Stamos says jet lag combined with a sleeping pill caused his bizarre behavior during an Australian morning show and a newspaper interview.
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