Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino has apparently run into at least one other famous face in federal prison: Fyre Festival creator Billy McFarland.
Sorrentino began serving out an 8-month sentence for tax-related crimes at Otisville Federal Correctional Institution in Otisville, New York in January. His “Jersey Shore” co-stars have reported that he’s faring well in prison so far and that, as it turns out, he’s not the only celebrity there.
Vinny Guadagnino and Paul “DJ Pauly D” DelVecchio, fellow “Jersey Shore” castmates of Sorrentino’s, confirmed on Jenny McCarthy’s SiriusXM radio show on Wednesday that Sorrentino is in the same prison as Billy McFarland.
The pair told McCarthy that they talk to Sorrentino “every day” and that he’s doing “so good” and is “happy.” The prison has “no bars” and there aren’t that many people there, they said, before adding that Sorrentino is serving time in the same prison as “the guy from the Fyre Festival.”
McFarland, known for the infamous failure of the Fyre Festival in 2017, admitted last year to defrauding investors for millions of dollars, after pleading guilty in a separate scam involving another fake event. He was sentenced to six years in federal prison, and the outlandish story of a music festival gone horribly wrong was the focus of not one, but two documentaries that debuted this year.
“Tell Mike he’s got to get as much information out of the Fyre Festival,” McCarthy quipped during the show. “He could write two books.”
Sorrentino is also serving time with another person known for high-profile crimes: “the guy that leaked Jennifer Lawrence's nudes that hacked her phone,” Guadagnino said. Though he did not mention him by name, he was like referring to George Garofano, the hacker who was sentenced to eight months in federal prison last year for illegally obtaining and spreading nude photos of celebrities.
“They play Scrabble together,” DelVecchio said.
Guadagnino and DelVecchio’s reports are in line with earlier statements made by another “Jersey Shore” castmate, Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, who said earlier this month that Sorrentino was having “the time of his life” while incarcerated.
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