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John Stamos Weighs In On Lori Loughlin College Bribery Case: ‘It Doesn’t Make Sense’
“I just can't process it still,” John Stamos said of Lori Loughlin’s current predicament.
Lori Loughlin may be facing up to 40 years behind bars if convicted for her alleged participation in a college bribery scheme, but as she awaits trial, she still has the support of her one-time TV husband, John Stamos.
The 56-year-old actor, who famously played a husband and wife with Loughlin on “Full House” and its Netflix reboot, “Fuller House,” has been largely tight-lipped on his former co-star’s legal woes. But he finally weighed in on the scandal, which broke in March, during a new interview with GQ magazine published Wednesday, August 28, although he still seemed reluctant to discuss the case.
“I gotta be careful. I want to wait until the trial happens, if it does, or whatever the result is, and then talk about it,” he said, before adding, “I'll tell you one thing that has been strange is: Honestly I can't figure it out. It doesn't make sense. I talked to her the morning everything hit. I just can't process it still.”
Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, were among 33 wealthy parents who were charged for allegedly paying thousands of dollars to college admissions consultant William “Rick” Singer in order for their children to be admitted into prestigious universities. Prosecutors have claimed that Loughlin and Giannulli paid $500,000 for their daughters Olivia Jade, 19, and Isabella Rose, 20, to gain entry into the University of Southern California as crew team recruits, even though neither played the sport.
While other parents who have been charged, including actress Felicity Huffman, have accepted plea deals, both Loughlin and Giannulli have pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiracy to commit money laundering, and conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and honest services mail and wire fraud, according to The Washington Post.
Since the scandal broke, Loughlin has reportedly become an outcast in Bel-Air, where she lives, but Stamos still seems to be in her corner, judging by his comments to GQ this week.
“Whatever happened, I'm pretty sure that the punishment is not equal to the crime, if there was a crime,” he said.
For her part, Loughlin genuinely believes that she did not do anything wrong, one anonymous source told PEOPLE earlier this year.
“She’s embarrassed and hurt, and she knows that her reputation has been ruined for life. But she also believes the allegations against her aren’t true,” they said. “She honestly didn’t think what she was doing was any different than donating money for a library or athletic field. That’s the crux of why she pleaded not guilty.”
Loughlin and Giannulli appeared in court on Tuesday, where a judge approved their request to be represented by the same legal team, Deadline reports. The couple is scheduled to next appear in court on October 2 for a status hearing, according to the outlet.