The Situation will be getting lessons in anger management.
Former Jersey Shore star Michael Sorrentino, better known as The Situation, has agreed to take the classes as part of a deal to resolve simple assault charges he faced following a July 15 fight with his brother at their family’s tanning salon in Middletown Township.
A municipal court judge Monday accepted the deal and adjourned the matter for three months. If Sorrentino successfully completes the counseling program, the charge against him could be downgraded.
Sorrentino’s family – including his brother – attended the court hearing. The family-owned Boca Tanning Club is the setting for a new reality show about them.
“I’m not perfect and neither is any family in the world,” Sorrentino told PEOPLE of the incident in a July 11 interview. “I’ve been arguing and fighting with my little brothers since I was 6 or 7. I work with my family, and I sort of live with them as well, so ti gets a little tricky. There was a little discrepancy with work. … I was a little upset or maybe there was a miscommunication, and the next thing you know, it turns into something else, and then the next thing you know, I’m in jail with a broken hand.”
The cast members of the MTV reality show Jersey Shore, filmed in Seaside Heights, were known for their love of tanning and the motto GTL, or gym, tan, laundry. They also were known for a rowdy, partying lifestyle that resulted in some cast members getting in fights and some facing legal troubles related to alcohol use.
Speaking to PEOPLE, Sorrentino said despite the drama, he and his family are “all good.”
“No matter what happens, I love my family, and I’ve tried so hard to help them,” he said. “They know that. It’s tricky. People say, ‘Don’t get involved with business and family,’ but at the end of the day it’s the most rewarding thing you can do with your family.”
• With reporting by EMILY STROHM