John Stamos, the “Full House” and “ER” star, took the stand during the federal trial of Allison Coss and Scott Sippola, who are accused of demanding money from Stamos, saying they had photos of him with cocaine and strippers they could sell to a magazine.
Stamos told the jury that he was “heartbroken” over the separation from his wife six years ago when he met Ms. Coss.
Under questioning by prosecutors, Stamos said he met Coss in Orlando, Fla., in 2004 after he was taken there by friends trying to cheer him up after separating from his wife, Rebecca Romijn. Stamos said he met Coss at Pleasure Island, a club where patrons must be at least 18. Stamos said Coss told him she was on “college” spring break.
Stamos said Coss and a friend were among several people who came to his hotel room and stayed for a couple hours. He described their time together as “just hanging out” and “socializing.” He said he later began communicating with Coss via e-mail and described their conversations and “flirty” but “friendly.”
Stamos also stated that he considered Coss a friend.
Defense attorney Sarah Henderson had alleged that Coss met Stamos when she was 17 and that the two had a romantic fling, which his attorney denies. Henderson said during opening statements on Monday that two women who worked as strippers eventually showed up in Stamos’ hotel room with a bag of cocaine, and Coss and her friend took a picture of Stamos bending over a table where the drugs had been laid out.
Henderson said Stamos and Coss later kissed on a bed and got into a hot tub together after Stamos undressed and Coss stripped to her underwear. They also claim that Stamos and Coss spent the night together.
Stamos’ attorney, William Sobel, issued a statement through publicist Matt Polk denying the defense’s claims.