'I can't figure it out': John Stamos is still perplexed over Lori Loughlin scandal
The college admissions scam involving Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman shows how some rich families use a “side door” to game an already unfair education system. USA TODAY
John Stamos is being careful when it comes to commenting on the scandal plaguing his friend and former co-star Lori Loughlin.
The two played married couple Jesse and Rebecca Katsopolis on the TV series "Full House" and its reboot "Fuller House," which wraps up a five-season run this year. Loughlin and her husband are accused of paying bribes to get their daughters into the University of Southern California.
In a new interview with GQ that published online Wednesday, Stamos, 56, said he's “gotta be careful" about what he says.
“I want to wait until the trial happens," he said, "if it does, or whatever the result is, and then talk about it.
“Whatever happened,” he said, “I'm pretty sure that the punishment is not equal to the crime, if there was a crime.”
Stamos said he and Loughlin are close and this period has been difficult.
“I'll tell you one thing that has been strange is: Honestly I can't figure it out. It doesn't make sense," he said.
"I talked to her the morning everything hit. I just can't process it still.”
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In April, Stamos' co-star Bob Saget shied away from commenting on the college admissions scandal. A guest on the third hour of "Today," he had "no comment" for questions about his co-star.
"It's a personal thing," he said. "It's a strange time, and what do you say?"
The month before, Candace Cameron Bure, who portrays D.J. Tanner-Fuller, spoke of the importance of family at the 2019 Kids' Choice Awards.
"A loving family sticks together no matter what,” she said during an acceptance speech. "They stick together through the hard times, they support each other, they encourage one another, they pray for each other and they stand by their side, no matter how tough it gets."
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Tuesday, an attorney for Loughlin and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, said in a Boston court that the pair gave money to a nonprofit that made “legitimate donations” to universities and that they did not pay bribes to get their daughters into college.
William Trach was responding to comments by Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric Rosen, who said Loughlin and Giannulli knowingly paid Rick Singer $500,000 to orchestrate a scheme in which bribes were funneled to USC employees who agreed to help designate their daughters as crew recruits.
Twenty-eight defendants, including Loughlin and Giannulli, have pleaded not guilty; 23 have pleaded guilty in deals with prosecutors. The latter includes actress Felicity Huffman, who is among the first group of parents set to be sentenced next month. Huffman's sentencing hearing is Sept. 13.
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Contributing: Joey Garrison and Sara M. Moniuszko