'Modern Family' Star Sarah Hyland Gets Restraining Order Against Ex-Boyfriend

Sarah Hyland, Matthew ProkopSarah Hyland's recent breakup with Matthew Prokop, whom she dated for five years, was apparently messier than anyone thought. The Modern Family star's lawyer Lee A. Sherman of CTSC Law confirmed after TMZ reported that she had been granted a temporary restraining order against Prokop. The site claimed that he had choked her, and was abusive throughout their relationship. They called it quits in August.

Sherman stated, "on September 19, 2014, Ms. Hyland obtained a Domestic Violence Temporary Restraining Order against Matthew Prokop" and that the "documents filed speak for themselves."


The documents accuse Prokop of being physically abusive to Hyland, including an incident last May in which she described being pinned against her car and verbally and physically assaulted as he called her a "c--t" and choked her.

The 23-year-old actress alleged, "His grip was so tight that I could not breathe or speak. I was scared and in fear for my life." 

The documents also reportedly said that Hyland called her TV mom Julie Bowen for help. Her co-star apparently came to her house to help "peacefully end the relationship," but upon her arrival, Prokop allegedly "ran outside into the backyard and began screaming." He is said to have thrown a lighter at Hyland while threatening to burn her house down.

It was also alleged that he did not take the breakup well. Hyland claimed that after ending the relationship, Prokop "relentlessly bombarded [her] with vile, threatening and emotionally disturbing texts and voicemails including his own suicide threats."

Prokop spent time in rehab last month, and the TRO noted that the facility suggested that she obtain the order due to his mental state. The temporary order mandates that Prokop stay at least 100 yards away from his ex, and protects her dog too, since she claimed that once once told her she'd never see her pooch again. A hearing is set for October 10 on whether or not to extend the order.

Holy moly! It just goes to show that you can never really know what's going on inside a relationship, or assume anything about the kind of woman who would stay. If these allegations are true, it's almost impossible to think that a young, gorgeous, successful Hollywood starlet would stay with someone abusive ... but it sadly happens. Just ask Rihanna.

Have you ever known someone who stayed in an abusive situation?


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