Sarah Hyland was granted a permanent restraining order against her ex-boyfriend, Matt Prokop, after she alleged that he abused her for the last four years of their relationship.
Prokop, who is best known for his role as Jimmie "The Rocket Man" Zara in High School Musical 3: Senior Year, was ordered by a judge to stay 100 yards away from Hyland, her home and the [Modern Family](series:201500) set. He is also banned from owning or possessing a gun.
It isn't just Hyland who is judged to be at risk though, Prokop has also been ordered to keep his distance from his ex-girlfriends dog, Barkley Bixby.
Hyland was initially granted a temporary restraining order after the pair broke up in August 2014.
According to Hyland, Prokop choked her and abused her verbally and physically for the last four years of their relationship.
In a statement issued to the courts, the actress claimed that during one incident Prokop pinned her against a car while calling her a "c**t." The court papers read:
His grip was so tight that I could not breathe or speak. I was scared and in fear for my life.
Although the abuse she suffered is clearly terrible, it's heartening to see Sarah Hyland coming forward with her allegations. There are a lot of stereotypes about domestic violence that stop women seeking help and high profile figures speaking out can only help the situation.
(Source: Gossip Cop)