July 18, 2011 1:18pm PT by Jethro Nededog
'Jersey Shore': Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino's Ex-Manager Fires Back
Jersey Shore’s Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino’s attorneys recently responded to a $1-million lawsuit from Gotham Casting saying his ex-management “did more harm, than good.” And now Gotham Casting's Mike Petolino has decided to answer back.
“While I never once claimed sole responsibility for Sorrentino's success or any of his fame,” Petolino says in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. “I believe my professional contribution to the client's success speaks for itself.”
In the statement, Petolino states he discovered Sorrentino at an open casting call through Gotham Casting at a New Jersey club in 2008 and began representing him in 2009 before MTV began airing Jersey Shore. During The Situation’s time with Gotham Casting, Petolino points out that he went from “unknown reality talent” to being featured in GQ’s Men of the Year in 2010.
“I am proud of all the groundbreaking things we did together in helping Mike become the first male reality superstar,” Petolino states. “Earning substantial dollars in 2010 and 2011.”
The Situation’s lawyers have said that the reality star will "pay Gotham what they are owed, but no more," which Petolino says is all the company ever wanted.
But, he wasn’t pleased to see that their numbers may not add up to the same amount as Sorrentino’s camp doesn’t believe that Gotham had a role in every agreement the star entered into while being represented by the company. Also, the attorney’s statement says the star’s brother, Marc Sorrentino, "works tirelessly to build the brand that is Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino."
“Unfortunately it seems Sorrentino's brother is advising that Sorrentino will not honor his contractual obligations,” Petolino’s statement reads. “I'm sure this will be the first of many ‘enlightened’ decisions on behalf of Sorrentino from parties with limited experience in this profession.”
The ex-manager, who states he was informed by third parties and not Sorrentino personally that he had let the company go (despite an alleged 30 day notice clause in their contract), says he’d just like his former client to take control, so they can all move on.
“As I personally have no ill will towards Mike Sorrentino being that I always considered him a friend,” the statement reads. “We do hope Mike gets involved ASAP, so we can come to a quick resolution.”
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