'Bachelor' Creator Charged in Neighbor Dispute Over Fake Dog Barks

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By Daniel Taylor, Esq. on November 20, 2014 1:44 PM

As creator of reality television series "The Bachelor" and producer of horror movie "Texas Chainsaw Massacre," Mike Fleiss has a pretty solid track record.

Lately, however, Fleiss has apparently been focusing his efforts on a more personal project. Fleiss was charged with disturbing the peace this week after being involved in an ongoing dispute with his neighbors, reports TMZ. In true Hollywood style, Fleiss' neighbors are also celebrities: former "Baywatch" actor David Charvet and his wife Brooke Burke-Charvet, former host of "Dancing With the Stars."

What is Fleiss accused of doing to wreak havoc in his neighborhood?

Blaring Barking Dog Sounds at All Hours

Fleiss is accused harassing Charvet and his wife by both physical threats and by playing the sound of barking dogs from speakers pointed at Charvet's property at all hours of the night, reports TMZ. The inspiration for this latter torment may be actual barking dogs owned by Charvet and his wife.

Charvet and his wife had previously, and unsuccessfully, attempted to get a restraining order against Fleiss, but may have an easier time doing so now that Fleiss has been charged with a crime.

Disturbing the Peace

Also known as breach of the peace, disturbing the peace is a crime committed when a person engages in disorderly conduct such as fighting, shouting, playing loud music, or making excessively loud noise.

Under California law, disturbing the peace includes "Any person who maliciously and willfully disturbs another person by loud and unreasonable noise" as well as unlawfully fighting or challenging another person in a public place, or using "offensive words in a public place which are inherently likely to provoke an immediate violent reaction."

Fleiss was issued a misdemeanor citation for disturbing the peace by the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department. A conviction for disturbing the peace in California can be punished by up to 90 days in county jail and a fine of up to $400.

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