Sarah Hyland Granted A Three-Year Restraining Order For Ex-Boyfriend

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“Modern Family” actress Sarah Hyland secured a restraining order against her Ex-Boyfriend, whom she accused of verbal and physical violence. For three years, Matt Prokop won’t be allowed to see or contact her at all.

The 23-year-old actress had taken a temporary restraining order against Prokop back in September, when he was urged to stay at least 100 yards away from her and her dog until the court hearing on October 10. During the hearing, Hyland decided to extend the order and avoid all contact with him for at least three years. According to the court documents obtained by TMZ, the actor became violent and “relentlessly bombarded [her] with vile, threatening and emotionally disturbing texts and voice mails, including his own suicide threats” after the couple broke up in August.

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But the violence had been going on for years before that. On one occasion, Hyland reports that she and Prokop had an argument regarding her outfit, that ended with him pinning her against the car, verbally abusing her and choking her. “His grip was so tight that I could not breathe or speak. I was scared and in fear of my life”. Hyland’s vocal chords were damaged in the incident and she had trouble using her voice after that.

Sarah Hyland knew that she was in an abusive relationship, so when she found the strength to end it, she called her “modern Family” mom, Julie Bowen, to be present during the break up. In the court documents, it’s stated that Hyland bought Prokop a plane ticket to his home in Texas, where she was waiting along with Bowen and a few others. When he arrived and realized what was happening, he became violent and “ran outside into the backyard and began screaming”. When he threw a lighter at Hyland, Bowen stepped in and told her to get out of the house because it wasn’t safe. Among other threats, Prokop is reported to have said that Hyland “would never see her dog again” and that he would set fire to one of her homes.

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Unfortunately, while Hyland is safe now, there is still a lot of teenagers trapped in abusive relationships, and it’s becoming increasingly common. Domestic violence is often overlooked and the victims shamed, which leads to scared teens never reporting the issues. If you are reading this and you are in an abusive relationship or know someone who is, please reach out. Violence is never okay, and verbal abuse is as serious as physical abuse. You are strong, and you deserve better. You deserve to be safe and happy.

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