The Michigan couple accused of extorting $680,000 from actor John Stamos was found guilty today in a federal court, the AP reports. The Full House star himself testified against Allison Coss and Scott Sippola at the trial, which lasted only a few days. Coss and Sippola were accused of threatening to release potentially damaging photos of Stamos if he didn’t agree to pay their demanded sum, but the photos never actually materialized. The pair could possibly receive up to five years in prison. Following the conviction, Stamos gave this statement: “I would like to thank the court, the FBI, and the U.S. Attorney’s office for their swift and efficient dealings in connection with this case.
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.”