Bachelor Creator Mike Fleiss And Wife Reach Divorce Settlement
Bachelor Nation creator Mike Fleiss has reached a settlement in his divorce from Laura Fleiss after a very public dispute.
TMZ has reported that after lengthy negotiations, the former couple have reached a settlement that awards Laura $10 million and they will have split physical and legal custody custody of their young son Benjamin. Laura also had to drop the claims of domestic violence.
As previously reported, Mike Fleiss, 55, filed for divorce from Laura, 31, on July 10 after the pair reportedly got into an explosive argument about Laura’s second pregnancy. A week after his filing, Laura filed an emergency domestic violence restraining order with claims that her husband attacked her and “demanded” that she get an abortion.
“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.’”
She added, “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 was quick to deny her claims, saying, “I have not hurt, attacked, or attempted to physically harm Laura or our child, Benjamin Fleiss ‘Ben,’ in any way.”
“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,” he alleged.
The two met in 2012 when Mike was a judge in the Miss America pageant she was competing in and were married in April 2014 in a ceremony officiated by Bachelor host Chris Harrison.