The Grandfathered actor either will really be celebrating Thanksgiving this year or tucking into his turkey with some serious tension in his tummy. A hearing today on John Stamos’ DUI charge has been pushed back to November 24, two days before Thanksgiving, I’ve learned. No plea has been entered by Stamos, who is in production on the freshman Fox comedy.
With the prospect of up to six months in jail a possibility for Stamos, Friday’s now-scuttled hearing at L.A. Superior Court’s Airport branch came one day after L.A. County District Attorney Jackie Lacey’s office formally charged the actor with a DUI for being “under the influence of a drug.” Stamos was arrested on June 12 in Beverly Hills after the BHPD got calls about the actor “allegedly behaving strangely and driving erratically.” Soon after, Stamos checked himself into rehab.
Even if today’s scheduled hearing had gone forward, Stamos wouldn’t necessarily have been in the courtroom. Under California law, defendants can have a lawyer represent them and don’t have to appear personally for misdemeanor cases. It also is rare that a first offender like John Stamos, or John Smith for that matter, ever actually sees jail time in such cases – but the statute does provide for it. Blair Berk is representing Stamos in the case.
Neither Grandfathered broadcaster Fox nor Netflix, which Stamos is working with on the Full House reunion series Fuller House, would comment on the charge Wednesday morning. However, as a clear sign of confidence, mere hours later, Fox said it had ordered six more scripts for the new comedy and its lead-out The Grinder.
No official word on why today’s hearing was continued, as the formal legal term goes, but the WME-repped Stamos certainly seemed in high spirits with this tweet he put up early Friday:
— John Stamos (@JohnStamos) October 16, 2015