One of the stars of ABC’s “Modern Family” has received a temporary restraining order against her ex-boyfriend. TMZ.com reports that Sarah Hyland alleges Matthew Prokop choked her, pushed her and threatened her life.
Hyland, who plays Haley Dunphy on the comedy, claims Prokop abused her verbally and physically during the last four years of their relationship, according to the report.
In court documents, Hyland alleges that Prokop pinned her against a car during an argument over her clothing and called her a “c**t” while choking her. She said in the documents that his grip “was so tight that I could not breathe or speak. I was scared and in fear for my life.”
Hyland said she realized she was in an abusive relationship and asked for help from fellow “Modern Family” actress Julie Bowen, who plays her television mother, to help her “peacefully end the relationship.”
The story adds: “Hyland says she had purchased a plane ticket to send Matthew back to his home in Texas — but when Matthew arrived to the home and saw Julie (along with others), he freaked out … ‘ran outside into the backyard and began screaming.’”
The story reports: “Hyland says Prokop threw a lighter at her — and that’s when Julie stepped in and told Sarah to get out of the house because she wasn’t safe around Prokop.”
The court documents allege that Prokop threatened to set one of her homes on fire, and to also do harm to her dog. After she ended the relationship, he allegedly sent her what the court documents call “vile, threatening and emotionally disturbing texts and voice mails including his own suicide threats.”
The report adds: “Hyland says Prokop entered a rehab facility in August — but he got out on Sept. 21st … and claims the director of the facility contacted her and told her it would be in her best interest to get a restraining order against him due to his mental state and attitude against her.”
The judge granted the request, with the temporary restraining order requiring Prokop to remain at least 100 yards away from Hyland and her dog. TMZ said it requested a comment from Prokop but hadn’t received a response.