John Stamos has a public persona that evokes visions of sugary sweet sitcoms, rockabilly-styled pop music, and Greek yogurt. But unfortunately, allegations of substance abuse and possession of a notorious club drug threaten to tarnish an image that the celebrity constructed and nurtured for decades. As reported by Inquisitr, the Full House star was arrested by Beverly Hills police for DUI on June 12. Stamos allegedly displayed bizarre behavior at the time of the initial traffic stop and was transported to the hospital for observation. After evaluation, a determination was made that Stamos was under the influence of drugs.
Stamos was formally charged with driving under the influence of drugs earlier this week according to a report by the Wrap. TMZ maintains that the actor was taking the drug GHB as well as another unspecified non-narcotic drug prior to his arrest. Stamos was initially set for arraignment on September 11 and then re-scheduled to appear for arraignment on October 16. His court date has now been re-set for November 24. The maximum penalties for DUI include a $1,000 fine and a jail sentence of up to six months. Stamos doesn’t appear to be sweating any possible outcomes, as he found time to post a dapper-looking snapshot on Instagram on the date of his originally scheduled court appearance.
According to the informational website Drugs.com, GHB — known as Gamma Hydroxybutyrate in long form — has sedative-like effects that have led to widespread use as a “date rape” drug. A common scenario would involve someone slipping the colorless and odorless drug into an alcoholic drink belonging to another individual. Shortly after an unsuspecting victim ingests the GHB, he or she is rendered powerless to fend off an assault. GHB is also referred to as “liquid ecstasy” as well as other street names and is frequently abused at clubs and all-night raves where it is valued for its purportedly positive effects, including feelings of euphoria and increased libido.
Citing unnamed sources, TMZ reported that John Stamos was taking GHB as a “fitness supplement” to get into shape for some forthcoming television tapings. Prosecutors have yet to officially confirm this. The prevention site Project GHB notes that some bodybuilders seek out the drug because its use can cause a temporary increase in the body’s production of growth hormones, leading to leaner muscles and better sleep.
Stamos’s legal woes come in the midst of a career renaissance of sorts. The cult-like popularity of reruns of the ’80s sitcom Full House led Stamos to spearhead a forthcoming reunion show for Netflix entitled Fuller House. The 52-year-old actor also stars in the new Fox show Grandfathered. According to Deadline, ratings for Granfathered have been less than impressive thus far but Fox has nevertheless ordered a half-dozen new scripts for the show.
John Stamos checked into rehab shortly after his arrest in June and underwent somewhere around a month of treatment. In late July, he expressed his appreciation to fans and well-wishers via Twitter.
I’m back! Took a month to take care of things. Healthy. Feeling grateful for the love & support of family & friends. pic.twitter.com/enQ5D99nRG
— John Stamos (@JohnStamos) July 24, 2015
In September, Stamos spoke with Details Magazine about recent developments in his life, noting that he struggled considerably with the death of his mother last September, citing that emotional event as a factor in his ultimate arrest for DUI.
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