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Woman: Photo showed Stamos with cocaine

A woman charged with trying to extort $680,000 from actor John Stamos is insisting that she had a photo of him snorting cocaine in Florida in 2004. Allison Coss testified Wednesday in her own defense in federal court in Michigan. She and co-defendant Scott Sippola are accused of demanding money from Stamos and threatening to sell photos of him with strippers and cocaine to magazines. Prosecutors s
/ Source: The Associated Press

A woman charged with trying to extort $680,000 from actor John Stamos is insisting that she had a photo of him snorting cocaine in Florida in 2004.

Allison Coss testified Wednesday in her own defense in federal court in Michigan. She and co-defendant Scott Sippola are accused of demanding money from Stamos and threatening to sell photos of him with strippers and cocaine to magazines.

Prosecutors say it was a ruse and the photos didn't exist.

The 24-year-old Coss admits that she lied in e-mails to Stamos to try to get him to pay. But she says a picture of him with cocaine did exist at least a week before the FBI raided her home last December.

Police and FBI agents testified that no pictures were destroyed after the search.

Stamos, the 46-year-old "Full House" and "ER" star who is preparing to join the Fox show "Glee," watched the trial from the front row, a day after telling jurors how he met Coss in Orlando, Fla., in 2004 while separated from wife and supermodel Rebecca Romijn.

Stamos denied defense lawyer Sarah Henderson's accusation that he stripped and sat in a hot tub with Coss, who Henderson said was 17 at the time and wearing only underclothes.

More than a dozen officers, including FBI agents, searched the Coss-Sippola home last December. Jurors also saw a friendly photo of Stamos with his arm around Coss.

"Did you have people who were otherwise bored ... volunteer to come in because this was an exciting extortion case?" Henderson said of the search.

Coss and Sippola were arrested last December after undercover FBI agents fooled them into believing that a Stamos representative would fly to Michigan's Upper Peninsula with a bag of cash.

Jurors could begin deliberations Thursday. The trial is front-page news in Marquette, a city of 20,000 on the shore of Lake Superior. The courtroom has been more than half-full with the curious, and Stamos has mingled with the public outside and signed autographs.