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John Stamos can breathe a little easier today: The man and woman who attempted to blackmail him to the tune of $680,000 with alleged photos of him partying with cocaine and strippers have been found guilty on two counts, and could spend up to five years in prison. And the court determined that the photos in question never existed in the first place.
"I am shocked and perplexed how individuals could fabricate so many false stories in an effort to defend a crime," Stamos, 46, writes in his only public statement about the case. Although defendant Allison Coss, 24, claimed that the actor tried to seduce her in a hot tub when she was 17, Stamos says the whole story was a big lie: "There was no hot tub, no drugs, no nudity and nothing sexual in nature involved in my friendship with this woman."
The trial made it very clear that Coss and her co-conspirator, Scott Sippola, 31, are shameless opportunists who committed a real crime. But what's still murky is Stamos's role in the whole affair. The former Full House and ER star testified that he met Coss at an Orlando, Fla., club in 2004, where a friend had taken him to help him get over his separation from Rebecca Romijn. He admitted to "hanging out" with Coss in his hotel room, then later exchanging "flirty", "friendly" emails because he "considered her a friend." The court also learned that Stamos sent Coss an email saying, "We didn't take any bad pics. I'm too smart."
Okay, we can see two versions of what happened that night. Version No. 1: John Stamos had a wild night of debauchery (as many of us have after a break-up), during which he acted inappropriately, possibly in the presence of drugs, strippers and teenagers. His flirty relationship with underage Coss, the email about not taking any "bad pics" and the timing of the Florida trip all suggest this might be the case. But there were no photos... or at least, Coss didn't have any.
Then there's Version No. 2: John Stamos didn't do anything illegal whatsoever. He was drinking at a club, partying with a group of people in his hotel room, and generally having fun to try and lift his spirits. Since the club was reportedly 18+, it's very possible the didn't know Coss was underage.
Either version of that night could be true, or the truth could be a little of both.
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