Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino claims he formed a bond with Michael Cohen in federal prison when he asked President Trump’s former lawyer to smuggle some chicken for him.
The “Jersey Shore Family Vacation” star recalled his bizarre encounter with the disgraced attorney on an upcoming episode of the show, as he also made other stunning revelations about his time at the Otisville Federal Correctional Institution, including how meals were like the prison scene from “Goodfellas” and how he even improved himself by learning other languages.
Sorrentino — who was freed last September — brought up his relationship with Cohen after his “Jersey Shore” castmate Paul “Pauly D” DelVecchio asked him, “Was there ever an emergency lockdown situation?”
“Yeah,” claimed Sorrentino, who served an eight-month sentence for tax evasion, as seen in a clip exclusively obtained by Page Six. “The first day Michael Cohen came in, which was the president’s attorney, we had a lockdown because there was drones and helicopters and a funny thing about it was — the most important thing in prison is pretty much food. A lot of the guys will barter. They’ll make deals for food, so when Michael Cohen came into prison, I was like ‘Alright. I heard he didn’t eat chicken.’”
“So I went straight up to Michael Cohen and I was like, ‘Listen Mike. I’m gonna need you to do something for me.’ This is his first day. He walked in you know — He said, ‘Anything Mike! What do you need?’ I said, ‘I’m going to need you to smuggle chicken for me,’” Sorrentino, 37, claimed.
Sorrentino explained that he would hide the serving in his locker to eat it after he lifted weights at the gym.
“He’s like, ‘No problem. No problem,’” Sorrentino claimed of his alleged conversation with Cohen. “Thursday comes around, which is chicken day. Cohen is nowhere to be found. And I’m like, ‘Damn. Cohen was chicken on chicken day!’ I saw him a couple hours later, and I was like, ‘Yo man, what happened?’ He’s like, ‘Yo man, they know we’re trying to smuggle chicken!’”
Cohen is serving a three-year sentence on tax evasion and bank fraud charges. As The Post previously reported, prison consultants have said that Otisville’s prison camp has become a destination for Jewish inmates because of its availability of kosher cuisine and full-time rabbi, although Page Six has been told that Cohen doesn’t keep kosher because of its high salt content.
When asked about Sorrentino’s claims, a rep for Cohen called it “red sauce self promotional fiction.”
Despite the failed chicken attempt, Sorrentino did have some good food on the inside.
When Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi asked, “Is prison like it is in ‘Goodfellas?,’” he responded, to the amazement of his friends, “Oh, um, actually we did eat like that sometimes.”
“Like you guys cooking stuff, or?” Pauly D asked, referring to the mob flick’s famed prison cooking scenes.
“Well, you needed to know someone but maybe due to Uncle Nino putting out the word for your boy here,” Sorrentino continued.
Uncle Nino is Vinny Guadagnino’s family member and a staple “Jersey Shore” fixture.
“Uncle Nino is pretty connected. He knows people,” Guadagnino explained in a confessional as a flashback clip of Sorrentino and Nino talking about his prison friends played. “He’s basically been in and out of jail pretty much his whole life so he knows a lot of people.”
Sorrentino went on to explain that a Boston crew began to look out for him, saying: “They controlled the kitchen and they made sure I ate well.”
He then added that he learned Russian and Spanish from sitting with different groups at lunch and dinner.
Snooki remarked in a confessional, “I feel like Mike got smarter in jail because he knows Spanish now. He knows Russian. Basically, he went to private school and he came back a smarter man. And a younger-looking man. And a skinnier man. We all need to go to jail. Federal jail.”
“Jersey Shore Family Vacation” airs Thursday nights at 8 p.m. ET on MTV.