Attorney Kenneth Chyten said his family agreed in June to rent their home to the company for the fourth season of the hit show "The Bachelor," and returned after a month to find cigarette butts, fast food wrappers, holes in the walls, a rodent and poisonous spider infestation, discarded feminine hygiene products, and other assorted damage and trash.
"They trashed the house completely, in my opinion," Chyten said Wednesday.
The production paid $45,000 to use the six-bedroom, 7,000-square-foot home, which sits on 1.5 acres and offers panoramic views of the ocean, mountains, a valley and a waterfall.
Chyten said the damage came at an especially bad time because the couple have twin toddlers and his wife is pregnant with twins. The couple seeks $5 million in damages.
Chyten, whose home was used once before for a TV movie, said he would lose money on the rental once he pays for the damage and the cost of living in a rented condo while "The Bachelor" was being shot.
Scott Rowe, a spokesman for Warner Bros., said the company doesn't comment on pending litigation.
Chyten has never seen "The Bachelor," in which an eligible man weeds out bachelorettes vying for his affections, and he has no plans to.
"If I watch it this year it'll just be for the interest of seeing the house," he said. "The idea of watching the show is somewhat distasteful."
By Tim Molloy