The veteran television creator and producer behind a string of reality shows including “The Bachelor” and “Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire” is the focus of a police investigation. According to media reports, Mike Fleiss is under investigation over allegations that he attacked his pregnant wife.
“Laura Fleiss on Tuesday was granted an emergency restraining order, filed in Los Angeles, after she detailed an alleged fight that took place over several days during the Fourth of July weekend while the couple was in Hawaii,” according to The Hollywood Reporter. “In the documents (which included pictures of injuries allegedly sustained during the altercation), the 2012 Miss America winner accused her husband of attacking her because she would not get an abortion, which he allegedly demanded.”
The report quotes the court filing by Laura Fleiss saying: “This was not the first time he had threatened a divorce during our marriage, but now, he was using this threat as leverage to force me to have an abortion. In addition, on July 4th, Mike made the following statements to me: ‘I am cutting you off financially Monday morning’; ‘You are paying for everything with your money’; ‘Next time I see you, I don’t want to see your stomach’; and ‘You have a choice, you can choose. Have an abortion or go back to Wisconsin, but you are not taking Ben.'”
THR adds: “During an alleged physical incident that occurred at Mike Fleiss’ truck, Laura described standing on the running board/footstep below the driver’s side door, when he reversed and stopped the car suddenly.”
Laura Fleiss is quoted saying: “At this point, Mike forcibly shoved me off the running board, closed the car door and drove away with my cellphone in his possession.”
Warner Bros., which produces ABC’s “Bachelor” programs, indicated it was looking into the allegations.
The report notes that a hearing for a long-term restraining order is scheduled for Aug. 6.