Sarah Hyland sends a message following case against abusive ex

Fans of lovable Modern Family star, Sarah Hyland, were left shocked yesterday when it was revealed that she had filed a restraining order against her ex boyfriend, Matt Propok.

The couple went out for five years and even starred in Disney movie, Geek Charming together so it came as a surprise to many to learn that Matt had been violent towards his girlfriend, with Sarah describing the terrifying incident in court files: “He places both of his hands around my throat and began to choke me. His grip was so tight that I could not breathe or speak. I was scared and in fear for my life.”

Following the leaking of the restraining order to the media by TMZ, Sarah has sent a message to her fans through an attorney asking for privacy as she goes through what must a difficult and scary time for her: “The document 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.”

Our thoughts and well-wishes are with you, Sarah – stay strong!