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Hayden Panettiere's Father Pleads No Contest To Domestic Battery

Hayden Panettiere (photosHayden Panettiere photos)'s father has been sentenced to two years probation after he pleaded no contest to misdemeanor battery for hitting his wife.

Alan Lee Panettiere was arrested in August on a charge of felony domestic violence for hitting wife Lesley in the cheek, leaving a visible bruise on her face.

Alan was reportedly upset when the two got home from a late night party because he noticed Lesley was partying with another man and felt she was 'disrespecting' him.

At the time, police believed alcohol may have been a factor: "The victim was struck three times," a police spokesman said. "We believe that alcohol may be involved."

However, Hayden tried to downplay the incident, and called it a 'misunderstanding' that was "blown way out of proportion by a sheriff who wanted his 15 minutes of fame" -- even though she found out about the arrest when the 'Heroes' star received a called from jail, according to 'Extra'.

Alan has been ordered to complete 52 weeks of domestic violence counseling and pay at least $400 in fines.

The court also kept in place a protective order requiring that he not "use force or violence, annoy, harass or molest any person or witness involved in this case, especially Lesley Panettiere or injure her property."

January 23, 2009 |

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