Heartbreak ensued after fans of Sarah Hyland learned that she and longtime boyfriend and Geek Charming co-star Matt Prokop called it quits this past August after 5 years of dating. From the outside, they looked like the perfect couple, complete with Recess-themed Halloweens and festive pajamas around the holidays. But, as we should all know by now, no one knows what goes on behind closed doors. Apparently, the seemingly wonderful twosome had an abusive relationship.
According to TMZ, the 23-year-old Modern Family actress filed a temporary restraining order against her 24-year-old former love, who once guest-starred on her Emmy-winning show. The alleged document claims that he choked her, pushed her and even threatened her life. “Matthew Prokop terrorized her both verbally and physically during the last 4 years of their relationship,” says the publication. He “pinned Hyland against a car during an argument about her outfit back in May and unleashed hell… calling her ‘c**t, c**t, c**t’ and choking her.”
The same outlet continues to say that the actress herself recalls, “His grip was so tight that I could not breathe or speak. I was scared and in fear for my life.” Supposedly, he even threatened to set one of her homes ablaze, and suggested that she’d never see her dog again.
Modern Family mom Julie Bowen reportedly stepped in after Sarah came to her for help. Matt then entered a rehabilitation facility soon after the split, but he’s said to already be out of treatment. So, “the director of the facility contacted [Sarah] and told her it would be in her best interest to get a restraining order against him due to his mental state and attitude against her.” He’s now required to stay at least 100 yards away from Sarah AND her canine at all times.