The Bachelor: Craig Sjodin
Gary Susman
September 23, 2003 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The makers of the upcoming season of ”The Bachelor” treated the Malibu estate they rented for the series more like the site of a bachelor party. So says a breach-of-contract suit filed by the home’s owners against Warner Bros. Television, producers of the series, over damage allegedly done to the residence during production. According to the lawsuit, posted at The Smoking Gun, owners Kenneth and Marci Chyten are seeking $5 million in damages, about $500,000 more than the estimated value of their home.

According to the Chytens, Warner Bros. reneged on promises to leave the house in the same condition it was before the show. Instead, the couple says, the home was returned to them in unlivable condition, with holes drilled in the walls, damage to the floors and fireplaces, phones and light fixtures ripped out, furniture lost or nicked, an infestation of rodents and black widow spiders, and trash strewn about, including feminine hygiene products.

There’s been no comment on the suit from Warner Bros. or from ABC, which was not named as a defendant. Viewers can see for themselves how bachelor Bob Guiney and his two dozen bridal hopefuls treated the house starting on Sept. 24.

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