Judge issues a temporary protective order in the misdemeanor battery case

By Ken Lee
Updated October 14, 2008 01:35 PM
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Hayden Panettiere‘s father, Alan, was temporarily ordered not to “harass, strike or threaten” his wife, a Beverly Hills judge ruled Tuesday.

Panettiere, who was accompanied in court by his wife, Lesley Vogel, did not comment to press. Daughter Hayden did not attend.

Judge H. Chester Horn issued the protective order until Panettiere’s new arraignment date of Dec. 11. If convicted, Panettiere faces up to a year in county jail.

Panettiere, 49, was arrested at the family’s West Hollywood home after he struck Vogel, 52, “one or two times on the cheek causing bruising with a closed fist,” a sheriff’s spokesman said.

The couple had argued after returning from a charity event hosted by their daughter. Another sheriff’s official confirmed that alcohol was involved.

Shortly after he was released on bail, Alan Panettiere told Extra the incident was a “misunderstanding” and that “nothing actually happened.”

And daughter Hayden, 19, downplayed the incident, saying, “It was blown way out of proportion by a sheriff who wanted his 15 minutes of fame.”