A couple who tried to extort $680,000 from John Stamos each received a four-year prison sentence on Friday.
How dare they mess with Uncle Jesse?
Allison Coss and Scott Sippola from Michigan, were convicted back in July for conspiring and using emails to threaten John Stamos’ reputation. They warned the former Full House star that they would hand incriminating photos of him to the tabloids. The said photos claimed to consist of Stamos, 47, with strippers and cocaine.
Through his Twitter account, Stamos expressed his disdain towards the situation, writing, “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.”
Federal prosecutors confirmed that the couple never had the incriminating photos.
Stamos continued, “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.”
While Stamos didn’t appear in court, his statement was read in which he said, “The defendants’ strategy consisted of lying and inventing stories at trial in a bid to confuse and incite the jury. I was forced to watch [Coss] slander me at trial with impunity while the press reported their fabricated allegations.”
In court papers, Sippola, 31, acknowledged his crime. “I sought to exploit my knowledge of the personal weakness of a perfect stranger for my own undeserved financial gain. I would be angry and hurt if that had happened to me and I am certain that Mr. Stamos feel that way towards me.”
Take that, extortionists! No one messes with Uncle Jesse!