"Do NOT Believe," Mike Sorrentino — "Jersey Shore's" the Situation — said Wednesday of "embellished" reports that he was in rehab for substance abuse.
On Thursday, his Official Situation website doggedly repeated that "many sources have been falsely reporting stories about The Situation being in rehab" — yet the same article quoted him: "I have voluntarily taken steps to get control of a prescription medication problem."
Now that the Situation appears to be backpedaling with his "setting the record straight" effort, there's likely some back slapping going on over at TMZ, which broke the rehab story.
But how big of a problem is this problem for the "Jersey Shore" star? And are prescription meds his only problem?
TMZ and the Chicago Sun Times are alleging alcohol abuse. The Sun Times on Thursday cited an unnamed "associated" with some less than complimentary remarks on Sorrentino's "really nutso" behavior.
TMZ says Sorrentino was checked into Cirque Lodge in Utah. The lodge is a celeb-favored spot for rehab and, as CNN reported in 2009, guests have included Melanie Griffith, Lindsay Lohan, Mary-Kate Olsen and Kirsten Dunst.
As for the Situation, he's not fessing up to anything but the prescription drugs: "I have spent the past several weeks getting treatment for this problem and recuperating from my work and appearance schedule."
— Amy Hubbard
Photo: Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino in 2010. Credit: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times.