Sandra Gonzalez
May 11, 2011 AT 07:30 PM EDT

Jersey Shore‘s The Situation (real name Mike Sorrentino) said in a statement released today that he is “saddened” by the online video tirades released by his estranged father, Frank Sorrentino, earlier this week. In a series of bizarre videos, first seen on TMZ, the elder Sorrentino claims, among other things, that his son “abandoned” his family after finding Jersey Shore fame. In a second video, Frank Sorrentino claims the TV personality was fired from one of his jobs for inappropriate sexual conduct.

The Situation released the following statement regarding the claims:

Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino’s father has unfortunately decided to go public with some statements regarding Mike Sorrentino to garner himself media attention.  Mike is extremely saddened by his estranged father’s actions and the Sorrentino family, Marc, Frank, Jr., Melissa and their mother Linda, remain united with Mike under these hurtful circumstances. We are not offering any further comment at this time and are seeking the advice of legal counsel.

Tim Stack contributed to this report.

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