Mike Fleiss has been ordered to stay 100 yards away from his wife after she filed a complaint alleging that he has verbally and physically abused her
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Chris Harrison has broken his silence about the allegations against The Bachelor creator Mike Fleiss.

Sitting down with Entertainment Tonight’s Lauren Zima for The Ringer’s Bachelor Party podcast, the series’ host opened up about the situation, contrasting it to the previous Bachelor in Paradise scandal in 2017.

“I won’t get too deep into this, but I will say as far as those two situations, they’re very different,” Harrison told Zima, who is also his girlfriend. “Because Bachelor in Paradise, that was a production situation, something that happened on our set, having to do with our show, was relevant to our production — so that was my concern as far as production.”

He continued, “Mike Fleiss and his situation is completely different because it is a very personal, private matter between he, his wife, his kids, his family — and outside of production.”

CHRIS HARRISON THE BACHELORETTE
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Two weeks ago, Mike filed for divorce after five years of marriage from Laura Fleiss (née Kaeppeler). He cited irreconcilable differences, according to court documents obtained by The Blast.

The filing also states that Mike has a prenuptial agreement with Laura, with whom he shares 4-year-old son, Benjamin. Additionally, Mike requested joint legal and physical custody of the child.

Mike Fleiss (R) and his wife Miss America 2012 Laura Kaeppeler
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Less than a week after Mike’s divorce filing, Laura — a former Miss Wisconsin who was crowned Miss America in 2012 — filed for an emergency domestic violence restraining order after she claims Mike physically attacked her and “demanded” she get an abortion over the July 4 weekend, according to her declaration obtained by The Blast.

Harrison went on to tell Zima that Warner Horizon — a division of Warner Bros., the production firm that owns the rights to The Bachelor franchise and creates the show — reached out to let him know they were taking the allegations against Mike seriously.

“[Warner Horizon] have reached out to me and they have let me know that they are aware of the situation, aware of the allegations. They’re taking them very serious and they’re looking into them,” Harrison said. “And beyond that I really don’t have any comment… And we will wait and see until any more facts come in, and I believe them that they are taking it very serious and looking into this.”

In a statement to PEOPLE, a spokesperson for Warner Bros. said, “We are aware of these serious allegations, and are looking into them.”

According to the documents filed in court by attorneys Samantha Spector and Lisa Meyer, Laura said that she is “approximately 10 weeks pregnant.”

“Our son Ben was in the house, seated in another room nearby,” Laura alleges in the documents. “Mike told me, ‘If you have an abortion, then we can just go back to the way we were.’”

“Prior to July 4th, Mike threatened me that if I did not have an abortion, he would end the marriage,” she claims in the documents. “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.’”

On July 5, Laura alleges that “Mike was even more angry than he was on July 4th.” She claims that she asked a friend to come and stay with her and Ben at the home that day as Mike was staying at another one of their homes in Hawaii. The next day, on July 6, Laura claims Mike returned and “angrily entered Ben’s bedroom looking for my cellphone.”

She alleges that he drove off with her phone, leaving her “to scream for help” until a neighbor across the street responded and proceeded to call police before driving her and Ben to a “nearby friend’s house.” The friend then drove her to the police station, where she spoke to an officer about the alleged incident.

Following her filing, Mike filed his own declaration, in which he denied Laura’s claims and requested primary custody of Ben.

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“I have not hurt, attacked, or attempted to physically harm Laura or our child, Benjamin Fleiss ‘Ben,’ in any way,” Mike states in his declaration, according to court documents obtained by The Blast.

He goes on to allege that on July 6, “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.”

On Tuesday, a Los Angeles judge granted a temporary restraining order against Mike, according to court documents obtained by Deadline. The order will expire at the end of his next court hearing, which is scheduled for Aug. 6.

He will have no direct or indirect contact with Laura and must stay at least 100 yards away from her. He has also been ordered to move out of their home in Hanalei, Hawaii.

In addition to The Bachelor, Mike is the creator of spin-offs The Bachelorette, Bachelor in Paradise and The Bachelor Winter Games.

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