Sarah Hyland
Sarah Hyland

Sarah Hyland secures restraining order against ex-boyfriend

SARAH Hyland has secured a temporary restraining order against ex-boyfriend Matthew Prokop.  

The 'Modern Family' star, who recently ended her five-year romance with the actor, was granted a protection order against him, requiring him to stay 100 yards away from her and her dog, Barkley Bixby, at all times, after claiming he assaulted her and threatened her life.  

The 23-year-old actress, who plays Haley Dunphy on the comedy series, has accused the actor, 24, of terrorising her both verbally and physically during the last four years of their relationship.  

According to court documents, obtained by gossip website, Matthew also allegedly pinned her against a car during an argument about her outfit in May before repeatedly calling her a "c**t" and choking her.  

The Emmy Award-winner states: "His grip was so tight that I could not breathe or speak. I was scared and in fear for my life."  

Sarah asked her co-star Julie Bowen, who plays her mother, to come to her house to help her "peacefully end the relationship," but claims Matthew freaked out when he arrived home to an intervention.  

After he threw a lighter at her, Sarah claims Julie stepped in and told her to leave the house, as she wasn't safe around the actor.  

She also says Matthew threatened to set one of her homes on fire and told her she would never see her dog again.    Following their split, Sarah says her former boyfriend "relentlessly bombarded me with vile, threatening and emotionally disturbing texts and voice mails including his own suicide threats."  

The former couple started dating after meeting while auditioning for 'High School Musical 3: Senior Year' in 2008. They later starred together in the Disney Channel film 'Geek Charming' in 2011.