Laura Fleiss — wife of Mike Fleiss, creator of “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” — claims he violently attacked her at the couple’s Hawaii home after demanding she get an abortion and says the attack was caught on security cameras.
According to the documents obtained by The Blast, Laura filed an emergency domestic violence restraining order today, claiming that on July 4, “While we were at our house in Kauai, Mike demanded that I get an abortion. Our son Ben was in the house, seated in another room nearby. Mike told me, ‘If you have an abortion, then we can just go back to the way we were.'”
Laura, who is the 2012 Miss America winner, says she is about 10 weeks pregnant with the couple’s second child.
In the legal docs, filed by the powerhouse team of attorneys Samantha Spector and Lisa Meyer, Laura says Mike violently attacked her while arguing over the topic of her pregnancy. She claims, “While Mike has frequently been verbally abusive towards me during our marriage, in recent weeks, he has become enraged, due to the fact I am pregnant with our second child. Mike told me many times that he did not want us to have a second child. He also repeatedly told me throughout our marriage, and prior to our marriage, that he knew he would ‘have to have’ one child with me because I was 26-years-old when we got married, did not yet have any children, and he knew I wanted to have a family. Mike, however, being 55-years old, did not want to have more than one child together.”
In a hearing, the lawyers also presented photos of the attack and injuries.
She claims that Mike has “continued to threaten me, demanding to see bank statements showing I paid for an abortion and the flight information to and from Oahu for the medical procedure.”
On July 5, Laura claims, “I tried to go into another room to call my mother. Mike refused to let me go and made threats that I would lose access to my family and my family’s ability to see Ben. Mike said, ‘You aren’t going to see your mother for the next two-to-three years. You need to call [your mom] right now and tell her this.’ I was terrified. Then he forced me to call my mother from my cell phone while he was standing and watching me in the room. When I called my mother, Mike then grabbed the phone and began angrily lecturing my mother. He told her I was getting an abortion. Then he said to her, ‘You won’t be seeing [Laura] until after August 5 — after the abortion.’ This statement was especially scary to me, as I had not personally committed to having an abortion but had made an appointment given Mike’s insistence and pressure. I had no idea what exactly he meant by it and interpreted it as a threat that he would prevent my family from having contact with me or my son.”
A day later, she says she was in bed with their son, who was sick, when Mike returned home looking for her cell phone. She says when she “got up to leave the room and picked up my cell phone, Mike, who is 6’4″ and weighs approximately 220 pounds, forcibly grabbed my phone out of my hands.”
Laura says that she “immediately became concerned and frightened” that Mike would take the phone and leave her without “any way to contact law enforcement if Mike became violent, as his threats indicated he might. I attempted to grab my phone back from Mike, but I was not able to do so.”
She says Mike left the room with her phone and she followed behind him, trying to get it back. They were at the top of the stairs when she claims Mike “yelled that he was going to ‘shove me down the stairs.'”
Laura claims she followed him out of the house, “begging” to get her phone back. She claims that just before they got outside, Mike “grabbed my body, forcibly pinned me up against the wall and held me there. After I broke free, he continued to use his arms and hands to aggressively push me away from him as he walked outside the door, still not returning my phone. Then he walked towards his pick-up truck parked outside in our driveway, shouting ‘I’m going to punch your face in.'”
She says that when he got to his truck he opened the driver-side door and got in. Laura says she was “right behind him, pleading with him not to leave me and Ben at the house without access to my phone.”
Laura says she the door to the car was still open and she was standing “outside the running board/footstep directly below the driver-side door, which is approximately 12-18 inches off the ground. While I was standing on there (between Mike and the open door), Mike put the truck in reverse and began to back up, and firmly said, ‘You’re f–ked.’ He then stopped the car suddenly, which nearly made me fall off the running board and caused the swinging door to almost close on me. At this point, Mike forcefully shoved me off of the running board, closed the car door and drove away with my cell phone in his possession.”
Laura says she was “extremely traumatized from the incident and started crying hysterically. Our unborn child and I could have been severely injured if I had fallen off the truck’s running board or run over the wheels of the truck. I began to scream for help.”
She says she then when to a friend’s house, who drove her to a police station where she filed a police report. Laura says the officer asked her if she wanted to file for an emergency protective order but she “declined as I was fearful that I would further incite Mike and instead told the office I was going to seek safety with my parents in a nearby hotel. I am currently in the process of trying to obtain a copy of this officer’s report.”
Laura included photos of her injuries and the moment she claims that Mike struck her, which was captured by the couple’s Ring security camera. She says her injuries include “bruises on the inside of my arm, a scratch on my neck, and a large tear in the dress that I was wearing on July 6th, all of which were caused by Mike’s violent behavior on July 6th.”
She is asking the court to keep Mike 100 yards away from the family home, claiming, “I have been hiding in a hotel for the past several days with Ben, and want to be able to return home without fear for myself, my son and my unborn child.”
In the filing, she explains this is not the first time Fliess has said and done terrible things to her, saying, “Prior to July 4th, Mike threatened me that if I did not have an abortion, he would end the marriage. 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.”
Laura claims he made additional threats against her, including:
- “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.”
- “You have a choice, you can choose. Have an abortion or go back to Wisconsin, but you are not taking Ben.”
She continued, “Over the past several years of our marriage, 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. Within that last year, he has verbally abused me many times telling me that I am going to end up ‘fat and single in Kenosha, Wisconsin,’ with the usual follow-up comment of ‘Good luck with that.’ He consistently would call me ‘fat,’ telling me that I need to lose weight, and berate me as being ‘lazy’ and ‘incapable.’ He has made these comments in the presence of our son Ben. The name-calling occurred on a regular basis both inside and outside our home, often in front of other people, such as our friends, my mother, and, most importantly, Ben. The continued verbal and emotional abuse have wreaked havoc on my self-esteem. I have spent time in therapy discussing the effects upon me of Mike’s demanding and denigrating comments.”
Laura is asking the court to “immediately issue a Temporary Domestic Violence Restraining Order so as to prevent Mike from engaging in further physical, verbal and emotional abuse. I am requesting both personal conduct orders and stay away orders to ensure some level of protection against Mike’s conduct and for me and Ben to have exclusive possession of our home.”
Along with keeping Fleiss away from the home, she is asking for custody or their son Ben and protection for both of them until the hearing on this matter. She is asking for custody of the family dog, Nina, and for him to stay 100 yards away from the pooch.
Laura is also asking for possession of home in Hanalei, Hawaii.
Lastly, she wants a judge to force Fleiss to enroll in a “batterer intervention program.”
The “Bachelor” creator preemptively filed for divorce last week in Los Angeles, citing irreconcilable differences.
Spector and Meyer are in a Los Angeles courtroom today and were granted a restraining order for Laura against the producer.