Rumors about Sarah Hyland’s abusive ex-boyfriend Matthew Prokop have been swirling for a while now, but Hyland seems to have confirmed the rumors this week when she secured a restraining order against Prokop.
Hyland has not said anything about the restraining order, but one of her reps did release a statement saying,
“On September 19, 2014, Ms. Hyland obtained a Domestic Violence Temporary Restraining Order against Matthew Prokop. The documents filed speak for themselves. Out of respect for the court, the process and all parties, I have advised Ms. Hyland not to comment on the matter. We request that you respect the parties’ privacy during this time.”
TMZ allegedly obtained court documents that offered details about the restraining order and why Hyland felt the need to get one.
According to TMZ, Hyland claims in the reports that Prokop once pinned her against a car and choked her during an argument.
“His grip was so tight that I could not breathe or speak. I was scared and in fear for my life,” Hyland reportedly said in the documents.
— People magazine (@peoplemag) September 24, 2014
It was shortly after this incident that Hyland asked her Modern Family costar Julie Bowen to help her end the relationship in a peaceful way. Hyland hoped that the breakup would keep Prokop from harming her, but the court documents claim that it only made things worse.
According to the documents, Prokop began to threaten Hyland after the breakup and even told her he would burn down her home and hurt her dog.
“He relentlessly bombarded me with vile, threatening and emotionally disturbing texts and voicemails including his own suicide threats,” the document said.
Prokop has not yet responded to the reports of a restraining order.