January 14, 2005, 5:15 PM EST
DENNIS TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) _ The company that produces Paris Hilton's show "The Simple Life" is disputing allegations that a deer was illegally killed so that it could be gutted on camera by the socialite and her sidekick, Nicole Richie.
Two men working for the Fox network show could face fines of between $100 and $500 for permit violations and hunting out of season, according to Elaine Makatura, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Environmental Protection.
"They were involved with the filming of the show," Makatura said.
State officials said they believe the deer was to be gutted for the show.
Todd Beck, a spokesman for Bunim-Murray Productions, which produces "The Simple Life," said no one connected to the show was involved in shooting the deer.
"Neither the cast nor the producers of 'The Simple Life' were involved in any hunting activities related to the production of the show," Beck said. "This is a matter between a local person and local authorities."
The deer was killed Tuesday night, officials said. Allegations that it was shot by someone firing a gun from inside a car are still being investigated, Makatura said. Shooting a deer that way is considered poaching and is illegal in New Jersey.
New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection officials said an investigation into the incident in Dennis Township, Cape May County, should be completed by next week.
"The Simple Life," which features Hilton and Richie in a series of menial jobs, had another problem in its stint in New Jersey. Plans to film at a school in nearby Buena Vista Township were scrapped after parents complained that Hilton's lifestyle was not a good role model for children.
The show instead on Friday filmed in Atlantic City, including at the Chief John J. Jasper Jr. Memorial Fire Station.