Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino Is Facing Five Years In Prison For Tax Evasion

Reality TV star Michael “The Situation” Sorrentino, along with his brother Marc, pleaded guilty Friday to tax crimes, federal prosecutors announced Friday.

The 36-year-old Jersey Shore star is facing the maximum sentence of five years in prison after pleading guilty to one count of tax evasion, according to the Department of Justice. His brother faces three years in prison for pleading guilty to one count of aiding in the preparation of a fraudulent tax return.

“What the defendants admitted to today, quite simply, is tantamount to stealing money from their fellow taxpayers,” US Attorney Craig Carpenito said in a statement Friday. “All of us are required by law to pay our fair share of taxes. Celebrity status does not provide a free pass from this obligation.”

In a statement to the Blast, Mike Sorrentino’s attorneys said that he made mistakes at a “very different and tumultuous time in his life” and that he “deeply regrets his failure to pay his taxes.”

“He has been sober for two years, counseled other young people facing life’s stresses, and has built a stable, loving relationship with his girlfriend Lauren Pesce, who stands by his side,” the statement said.

The Sorrentino brothers created businesses, such as MPS Entertainment LLC and Situation Nation Inc., “to take advantage of Michael’s celebrity status,” federal prosecutors said.

Mike Sorrentino admitted that in 2011 he concealed a portion of his taxable income to evade paying the full amount of taxes he owed. According to prosecutors, he made cash deposits into bank accounts in amounts less than $10,000 in attempts to ensure that the deposits would not come to the IRS’s attention.

The brothers are also facing a period of supervised release, restitution, and monetary penalties. They are scheduled to be sentenced on April 25.

“No matter what your stature is in our society, everyone is expected to play by the rules, and those who do not will be held accountable and brought to justice,” Jonathan D. Larsen, an IRS special agent, said.

The court approved Mike Sorrentino’s request to travel to Florida for the Jersey Shore Family Vacation reunion show while under probation.

Mike Sorrentino’s attorneys urged the court to consider a fair sentence for his “minor role in the offense.”

“In the meantime, he will continue to entertain millions on Jersey Shore and thanks everyone who has expressed support,” the attorneys said in a statement.

Michelle Williams Was Paid An Eighth Of Mark Wahlberg's Salary For “All The Money In The World”

Michelle Williams, who stars with Mark Wahlberg in the Golden Globe-nominated All the Money in the World, was reportedly paid an eighth of Wahlberg’s salary for her role in the film. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Williams earned $625,000 for working on All the Money in the World and her co-star, who had the same amount of screen time, collected $5 million.

Discussions first arose about Williams’ and Wahlberg’s salaries for their work on All the Money in the World after USA Today reported that Williams had been paid a per diem of $80 a day for reshoots on the film, which amounted to about $1,000, and Mark Wahlberg had been paid $1.5 million. The film originally featured Kevin Spacey, but after sexual assault allegations mounted against the actor in October, production decided to reshoot Spacey’s scenes, replacing him with Christopher Plummer.

In response to the public outcry about the actors’ pay discrepancy, Wahlberg released a statement promising to donate his $1.5 million to the Time’s Up organization. “Over the last few days my re-shoot fee for All the Money in the World has become an important topic of conversation,” he wrote. “I 100 percent support the fight for fair pay and I’m donating the $1.5 million to the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund in Michelle Williams’ name.”

Williams also released a statement, saying “Today isn’t about me. My fellow actresses stood by me and stood up for me, my activist friends taught me to use my voice, and the most powerful men in charge, they listened and they acted. If we truly envision an equal world, it takes equal effort and sacrifice. Today is one of the most indelible days of my life because of Mark Wahlberg, WME and a community of women and men who share in this accomplishment. Anthony Rapp, for all the shoulders you stood on, now we stand on yours.”

Williams and Wahlberg are both represented by the William Morris Endeavor agency. WME also pledged to donate $500,000 to the Time’s Up Legal Defense.

In 2017, Forbes reported that Mark Wahlberg was the highest paid actor with a grand total of $68 million, before taxes. Last year, he appeared in All the Money in the World, Transformers: The Last Knight, and Daddy’s Home 2.

BuzzFeed News has reached out to representatives for Williams, Wahlberg, film director Ridley Scott, and the William Morris Endeavor agency for further comment and confirmation.