‘The Bachelor’ creator Mike Fleiss denies he attacked wife, says she attacked him

The creator of “The Bachelor”, Mike Fleiss, denied that he attacked his wife, Laura Fleiss - and instead said that she attacked him.

“I have not hurt, attacked, or attempted to physically harm Laura or our child, Benjamin Fleiss “Ben”‚ in any way,” Fleiss said in a court filing.

“There was an incident on July 6, 2019, at my home in Hawaii. Laura was the aggressor during the incident and physically attacked me. I tried to get away from her as she was chasing me and hitting me. I have security footage from our home that shows the incident, which the Court can review.”

Hawaii police are investigating “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” creator after his wife accused him of attacking her in a request for a restraining order earlier this week. The Kauai Police Department said on Wednesday that it is currently investigating the incident, which Laura said took place over Fourth of July weekend.

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NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 23: Mike Fleiss attends the "The Other One: The Long, Strange Trip of Bob Weir" Premiere during the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival at BMCC Tribeca PAC on April 23, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 23: Director Mike Fleiss (R) and his wife Miss America 2012 Laura Kaeppeler attend the screening of "The Other One: The Long, Strange Trip of Bob Weir" during the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival at BMCC Tribeca PAC on April 23, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Desiree Navarro/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 23: Director Mike Fleiss and Miss America 2012 Laura Kaeppeler attend the screening of "The Other One: The Long, Strange Trip of Bob Weir" during the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival at BMCC Tribeca PAC on April 23, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by J Carter Rinaldi/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 09: Producer Mike Fleiss and TV personality Jillian Harris attend the Reality Rocks Expo Fan Awards at the Los Angeles Convention Center on April 9, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for Reality Rocks)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 23: Director Mike Fleiss and Miss America 2012 Laura Kaeppeler attend the screening of "The Other One: The Long, Strange Trip of Bob Weir" during the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival at BMCC Tribeca PAC on April 23, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by J Carter Rinaldi/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 23: Director Mike Fleiss and Miss America 2012 Laura Kaeppeler attend the screening of "The Other One: The Long, Strange Trip of Bob Weir" during the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival at BMCC Tribeca PAC on April 23, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by J Carter Rinaldi/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 23: (L-R) Laura Fleiss and Mike Fleiss attend the "The Other One: The Long, Strange Trip of Bob Weir" Premiere during the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival at BMCC Tribeca PAC on April 23, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - APRIL 22: Michael Davies, president, Embassy Row (L), Mike Fleiss, founder, Next Entertainment and talk show host Tyra Banks attend The Hollywood Radio and Television Society's Newsmaker Luncheon "Broadcasting Reality - Show Me The Money" panel discussion on April 22, 2009 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)
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On Tuesday, a Los Angeles County judge granted Laura’s temporary restraining order, ordering Mike to stay 100 yards away from her. As part of her petition, Laura further described her accusations, as well as a pattern of verbal and emotional abuse, and submitted photos and security camera images showing physical violence.

Laura, who is pregnant, said that Mike confronted her at the couple’s Kauai home, demanding that she have an abortion and threatened her with physical violence.

“He grabbed my body, forcibly pinned me up against the wall and held me there,” she wrote in her declaration. She further accused him of pushing her off the footrail of a truck “12-18 inches off of the ground” and threatened to throw her down the stairs.

She said that she filed a report with local police shortly after the incident.

Mike Fleiss filed for divorce in Los Angeles Superior Court on July 10.

Warner Horizon, which produces Fleiss’ hugely successful dating competition shows, said it was investigating the matter.

“Mike has made many emotionally derogatory and demeaning comments designed to demonstrate his financial coercive control over me, such as repeatedly insinuating that he would destroy me with his wealth and power,” Laura Fleiss wrote. “He consistently would call me ‘fat,’ telling me that I need to lose weight, and berate me as being ‘lazy’ and ‘incapable’ … The continued verbal and emotional abuse have wreaked havoc on my self-esteem.”

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