John Stamos’ would-be extortioners were convicted on Thursday for trying to squeeze $680,000 from him by threatening to sell old photos of him with strippers and cocaine to tabloids if he didn’t pay, the Associated Press reports.
Michigan couple Allison Coss, 24, and Scott Sippola, 31, were found guilty of conspiracy and using e-mail to threaten a person’s reputation, the story says. Stamos, 46, wasn’t in the courtroom when the verdict was announced but appeared a few minutes later when the judge polled each of the jurors. The story says Stamos smiled and looked relieved.
In a written statement, Stamos, who has starred in television shows such as "Full House" and "E.R.," said he was "shocked and perplexed" by the "false stories" offered by Coss and defense lawyers, the article adds. FBI agents testified that their search of the house failed to turn up any embarrassing photos; Coss had alleged that a photo of Stamos with cocaine disappeared during the FBI raid on her house. The FBI denied it, the story says.