John Stamos claims Lori Loughlin only had minor role in college admissions scandal

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John Stamos claims Lori Loughlin played only a minor role in the college admissions scandal… and says she served her time: ‘She went to jail’

John Stamos defended his former Full House costar Lori Loughlin by claiming she was just a peripheral part of the college admissions scandal in a recent podcast chat.

The 59-year-old actor claimed that Loughlin, 58, “got in the way” of the scandal in his chat earlier this week with Dax Shepard for his Armchair Expert podcast.

Stamos also claimed Loughlin was punished enough for her crimes after serving a prison sentence.

Standing up for her: John Stamos, 59, defended Lori Loughlin, 58, on Dax Shepard’s Armchair Expert podcast earlier this week, claiming she was a minor player in the Varsity Blues scandal; seen in 2016

Stamos and Shepard seemed to be on the same wavelength about Loughlin, as the former Beach Boys guest referred to Shepard’s own complicated feelings about the disgraced actress and how he “said some really nice things about her.”

“We talked about you last night. It was something you said about how you hate it when people bring her up because when you defend her, people get mad,” Stamos said. “If you don’t defend her, you feel bad because she’s a great person.”

While Stamos had previously been tight-lipped about Loughlin’s crimes, which landed her a two-month prison sentence in late 2020, he was now more forthright with her consent.

“I’m going to say this, and she said I could. She wasn’t really the architect of anything — she got in the way in the background,” he said. “She didn’t know what was going on.”

Just a pawn?  “I'm going to say this, and she said I could.  She wasn't really the architect of everything — she was in the background,

Just a pawn? “I’m going to say this, and she said I could. She wasn’t really the architect of anything — she got in the way in the background,” he said. ‘She didn’t know what was going on.’; Full House publicity photo from 1993

Enough: He also said she deserved a break from serving her time.  She also paid a lot of money.  She set up a college fund for kids and she went to jail, man';  pictured in 2018

Enough: He also said she deserved a break from serving her time. She also paid a lot of money. She set up a college fund for kids and she went to jail, man’; pictured in 2018

Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Gianulli were charged with bribery in March 2019.

She eventually pleaded guilty to one charge of conspiracy to commit telegram fraud in May of the following year, while her husband pleaded guilty to one charge of conspiracy to commit telegram and mail fraud and honest telegram and mail fraud.

She was fined $150,000 for the crime and forced to complete 100 hours of community service in addition to serving two months behind bars.

In his interview, Stamos said that the felon’s punishment was reason enough for people to leave her alone now.

She also paid a lot of money. She set up a college fund for kids and she went to jail, man,” he added.

Make amends: Loughlin went to jail for two months and paid $150,000 in fines while doing 100 hours of community service as punishment

Make amends: Loughlin went to jail for two months and paid $150,000 in fines while doing 100 hours of community service as punishment

As part of their plan to get their daughters into college, Loughlin and Gianulli paid $500,000 to William Rick Singer to create fake resumes for daughters Olivia Jade and Isabella for the University of Southern California as part of the rowing team, though none either rower or had some experience with the sport.

Prosecutors said they posed for their daughters in rowing gear, though Olivia and Isabella reportedly didn’t understand the plan to get them into college under false pretenses.

Although prosecutors produced evidence showing that Olivia was copied on several emails about the scam, she was never charged for it.

Family: She paid $500,000 to get daughters Olivia and Isabella to USC under false pretenses.  Olivia was copied on scam-related emails but was never charged;  (L¿R) Olivia, Lori and Isabella in 2019

Family: She paid $500,000 to get daughters Olivia and Isabella to USC under false pretenses. Olivia was copied on scam-related emails but was never charged; (L-R) Olivia, Lori and Isabella in 2019

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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