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Situation's Dad APOLOGIZES for Exploiting Son

7/1/2011 9:12 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The Situation's dad has finally admitted that releasing those terrible videos about his son was a CRAPPY thing for a father to do ... and now, he's filed legal documents saying "I am sorry."

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TMZ has learned ... Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino is dropping his lawsuit against his dad, Frank Sorrentino.  Father and son filed legal docs asking the judge to dismiss the case.  In the settlement ...  Frank agrees to stop using the "Jersey Shore" star's name, image and likeness to make a buck.

And while Frank takes some of the blame for going on camera and trashing his kid -- Frank claims in the dismissal docs he's the real victim ... because he was exploited by a "con artist" named Robert Fletcher who wanted to reap the profits from the Sorrentino family feud.

Frank says Fletcher, his former publishing agent, was the driving force behind the website -- and concocted the plan to illegally exploit Mike's name and image.

UPDATE:  We've learned there was a financial component to the settlement. We're told although the Situation's dad didn't have to pay any money, Fletcher had to cough up $5,000.  Better than nothing.

In the docs, Frank says, "I regret getting involved with Robert Fletcher and I am sorry that I participated, to the detriment of my son Michael."

Frank says his anti-Situation website has already been shut down and he's willing to testify against Fletcher in court if need be.

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vicky    

**********YAWN************

1157 days ago
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artie help    

stupid moron, now you have to live with yourself and you aired all this dirty laundry, you're a disgrace to yourself and all manhood, you've done EVERYTHING wrong.

1157 days ago
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Bobo Frog    

This loser just needs to go away. No one cares.

1157 days ago
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Michelle    

I can't imagine ever treating one of my children so abhorantly. One apology would not make it right. You have to be supportive of your kids, even if they turn out like the situation.

1157 days ago
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Regulator    

Now that's what I call a Sticky Situation. What would Brian Boytano do?

1157 days ago
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TheHOLETruth    

Well sounds like that lawsuit "The Situation" filed against his effed up Dad got his attention.

1157 days ago
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Hershey Bar    

OMG! He is blaming someone else for his actions. Hello! This is your son, why would you listen to someone else to do something to your son? What a loser.

1157 days ago
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LINUS914    

Dirt bag father trying to make a buck off his son before the "Jersey Shore" downfall. That show is SO YESTERDAY. Vinnie has a brain and should get off that show and go back to school; and Pauly D is actually a decent DJ; but the others could do us all a favor and GO AWAY!!!

1157 days ago
9.

k    

Awwwww...family's coming together. That is love.

1157 days ago
10.

Facebook Sucks    

Hopefully all the grease and fat Jersey girls will help that entire state slip off into the ocean.

1157 days ago
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Ehécatl    

I wish this whole family would crawl back into the cesspool they came from.

1157 days ago
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Tammy    

I guess he finally realised that pubicly bashing his son and airing the family's dirty laundry is NOT the way to get money out of Mike. However, I think it's too little, too late.

1157 days ago
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bumptrance    

Money Hungry loser

1157 days ago
14.

Rocco    

Let's not just give the kid with no talent air time, let's include his no talent father.

Brilliant, TMZ.

1157 days ago
15.

Muppet    

Sold out his own son! Now that is a pathetic excuse for a father! He should keep begging for forgiveness! No child deserves to have this kind of filth handed out by a parent!

1157 days ago
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