Modern Family actress Sarah Hyland has obtained a restraining order against her ex-boyfriend, after alleging that she was pushed, choked, and threatened during their five-year relationship.
The 23-year-old actress split with boyfriend Matthew Prokop in August. TMZ has claimed today that Sarah filed court documents against Matthew, claiming that she was abused for four years of their relationship. She also alleges that in May, 24-year-old Prokop pinned her against a car, called her a ‘c*nt’, and then choked her with his hands.
“His grip was so tight that I could not breathe or speak. I was scared and in fear for my life,” Sarah, who plays Hayley Dunphey in the show, reportedly said in the documents. She had a “very sore throat following this event”, and even sustained injuries to her voice.
The documents also report that Sarah asked her TV mum Julie Bowen to help her “peacefully end the relationship” at the house she was sharing with Prokop, even buying him a plane ticket to his home city in Texas, but to no avail. When Matthew sensed the intervention, he “ran outside to the backyard and began screaming”.
When she finally managed to break-up with him, she was “relentlessly bombarded with vile, threatening and emotionally disturbing texts and voicemails including his own suicide threats”, and also including threats to her home and her dog, as reported by TMZ.
The court documents alleged that Matthew was in a rehab facility from August until September 21. After his release, the director of the facility called Sarah to warn her and urged her to take out a restraining order.
The actors met when auditioning for High School Musical 3, and Sarah even snagged Matthew a role in an episode of Modern Family.
When Sarah was assaulted at a Sydney press event in February this year, Matthew (who had accompanied her to Australia), wrote on Twitter: “To the asshole who assaulted Sarah tonight I hope to God you don’t see next week.”
Sarah has been granted a temporary restraining order, which will require Matthew to keep 100 yards of distance at all times.
Sending all our love to you, Sarah.
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