John Stamos has his Full House co-star’s back. In an interview with GQ, Stamos spoke out about Lori Loughlin’s involvement in the college admissions scandal. The statement follows Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli pleading not guilty to their crimes, which range from bribery and mail fraud to money laundering conspiracy.
Stamos has kept rather tight-lipped so far, however, as Loughlin and Giannulli’s case moves forward, he’s breaking his silence. “I gotta be careful,” he tells GQ. “I want to wait until the trial happens, if it does, or whatever the result is, and then talk about it.”
Stamos goes on to say that he “can’t figure it out” and that “it doesn’t make sense,” adding that he talked to Loughlin the morning the news broke.
“I just can’t process it still,” he says. “Whatever happened, I’m pretty sure that the punishment is not equal to the crime, if there was a crime.”
Loughlin and Giannulli could face up to 20 years in prison based on the accusations, and they are among 50 people who were charged in March by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Massachusetts. Also among the accused is actress Felicity Huffman, who plead guilty to the charges for which she was accused.
The last time Stamos spoke out about Loughlin’s charges was in June. Discussing Loughlin’s impending absence from the spin-off series Fuller House, Stamos told ET, “I haven’t been on the show yet and it hasn’t come up, so I’m going to talk to some people about it this week and see what’s going on. I’m just going to wait a little longer before I talk about it. It’s a difficult situation for everyone involved. I don’t mean just on our side.”
Loughlin’s own handling of the college admissions scandal, known widely as “Operation Varsity Blues,” has been under scrutiny for the last few months. Hallmark Channel let the actress go, and, ironically enough, a Lifetime movie about the scandal is currently in the works. Loughlin and her husband were due back in court on Aug. 27, as the actress had previously shared she had “regrets” and simply wanted the situation to come to an end. But this high-stakes, real-life drama is far from over.