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TV Bachelor Axed From Real Gig

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Rob Campos, the bachelor star of NBC's dating game "For Love or Money," has a choice of women. But he no longer has his job.

The Dallas law firm where he did independent contract work has let Campos go. The founder of Mathur Law Offices, Sanjay Mathur, said Wednesday the firm was severing its ties with him.

Mathur was unhappy with reports that Campos had been expelled from a military program in 1999 for drunkenly groping a female officer. He also didn't like Campos' behavior in the show's second episode this week, an alcohol-soaked party with him and 10 women in a hot tub.

"What we do not want is negative publicity in relation to our firm," Mathur said. "We are obviously very concerned about our reputation and how prospective clients might feel about our regard for their rights."

An NBC spokeswoman didn't immediately return a call for comment, and Campos couldn't be located on Wednesday.

The 33-year-old Campos is the star of a romantic fantasy game, where he must choose a potential mate from among 15 women. The woman will be asked to choose between Campos and a $1 million prize.

The second of six episodes aired Monday night, with Campos alienating many of the women by making drunken romantic overtures to nearly all of them in the hot tub.

The Web site The Smoking Gun, which has specialized in uncovering embarrassing incidents in the pasts of reality TV stars, on Monday revealed the incident that took place while Campos wa stationed at the Naval Justice School in Newport, R.I., in 1999.

The 27-year-old woman kneed Campos in the groin, he collapsed, and she fled the room, the report said. He then allegedly vomited all over the woman's bathroom.

The incident effectively ended his military career.

"I was absolutely shocked," Mathur said. "I don't want to see my hard work go to waste based on a decision Mr. Campos made."

Lawyers need to be held in the highest regard, he said.

Campos had worked for Mathur Law Offices as an associate attorney since December 2001.

Mathur said he told Campos of the decision on Tuesday.