John Stamos extortioners found guilty
John Stamos kept his good guy reputation intact, as the Michigan couple accused of trying to extort money from him were found guilty and are now facing five years in prison.
Allison Coss and Scott Sippola claimed to have incriminating photos of John Stamos with strippers and cocaine, which were allegedly taken from a party John and Allison attended together in 2004.
John Stamos was contacted via email in late 2009 by the couple who threatened to sell the photos unless he paid them $680,000.
John Stamos' lawyers contacted the FBI, who launched a sting operation and discovered the existence of no such photos. The actor's lawyer insists they do not exist.
John Stamos released a statement upon learning of the verdict. "I would like to thank the court, the FBI and the US Attorney's Office for their swift and efficient dealings in connection with this case," Stamos said.
"I am shocked and perplexed how individuals could fabricate so many false stories in an effort to defend a crime. 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. There was no hot tub, no drugs, no nudity and nothing sexual in nature involved in my friendship with this woman. They lied about everything from a pregnancy to compromising photos. I'm grateful these two criminals have been found guilty and I plan to go home to be with my family and friends and prepare to get back to work."
Coss and Sippola's sentencing is scheduled for October 8.