Laura Fleiss, the pregnant estranged wife of "The Bachelor" creator Mike Fleiss, has been granted a temporary restraining order against him after alleging he has been physically, verbally and emotionally abusive toward her.
In court documents filed in Los Angeles court on Tuesday and obtained by E! News, Fleiss, a former Miss America winner, alleged in a declaration that her husband had been verbally abusive toward her and became "enraged" in recent weeks over the fact she is pregnant with their second child. Fleiss accused him of domestic violence and demanding she get an abortion.The couple welcomed son Benjamin in 2015 and she declared she is currently approximately 10 weeks pregnant.
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According to Fleiss' declaration, her husband allegedly told her many times he did not want to have a second child and, on July 4, he allegedly demanded she get an abortion and threatened to cut her off financially if she did not. She alleged he further told her she could choose between having an abortion or returning to her native Wisconsin without their son. She claimed he previously threatened divorce if she did not get an abortion. The following day, he allegedly forced her to call her mom and told her mom Fleiss was getting an abortion, according to her declaration.
On July 6, he took her cell phone out of her hands and, when she begged for her cell phone back, he allegedly "grabbed my body, forcibly pinned me up against the wall and held me there," she claimed in her declaration.
She further claimed he pushed her out of the way as she walked out of the house and threatened to punch her in the face. Laura Fleiss alleged he began to back up his truck while she was standing on the running board and forcefully shoved her off the running board before driving away with her cell phone. She explained a neighbor drove her and her son to a friend's house, who then took her to a police station and she spoke to an officer. However, she said she declined to file an Emergency Protective Order as she was allegedly fearful of further inciting Mike.
"I am afraid of Mike. I am afraid he will continue to act erratically towards me, verbally and physically, and in the presence of Ben," she said in her declaration. "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 addition to the July incident, she accused her husband of making "emotionally derogatory and demeaning comments" toward her allegedly designed to "demonstrate his financial coercive control" over her. She accused him of name-calling on a regular basis, including "lazy," "fat" and "incapable."
Attorneys for Mike Fleiss filed a responsive declaration on Tuesday requesting the court deny her domestic violence restraining order and grant his request that she return their son to Los Angeles and he be given primary custody of him. In his declaration, he denied hurting, attacking or attempting to physically harm Laura or their son and claimed Laura was the aggressor during the July 6 incident.
The temporary restraining order is in effect until the end of a court hearing on August 6.
Meanwhile, a Warner Bros. spokesperson told E! News, "We are aware of these serious allegations, and are looking into them."