Hayden Panettiere’s parents say nothing happened- it was all a ‘misunderstanding’

Yesterday, we reported on a domestic abuse call and arrest occurring between the parents of “Heroes” actress Hayden Panettiere. According to TMZ, who spoke with the arresting officers, Alan Panettiere struck his wife in the face three times with a closed fist, and Lesley Panettiere herself called the police, who arrested Alan. Now that he’s out on bail, both Alan and Lesley have been talking to Extra’s Mario Lopez (gag) and insist that nothing happened. They say there was no incident, and that not only did Lesley not call the cops, but didn’t know her husband was arrested. Huh?

Lesley and Alan told Mario Lopez, “Nothing actually happened.” Explained Mario, “In fact, Lesley wasn’t even aware that Skip had been arrested. Hayden found out about her dad’s arrest when he called her from jail. They love each other very much and want everyone to know that the matter was completely blown out of proportion.”

Alan was busted at their home for allegedly hitting Lesley on the cheek and leaving a visible mark. It’s been reported that they had quarreled earlier in the evening at an event at Eva Longoria’s restaurant, Beso.

[From ExtraTV.com]

If nothing happened, then why did the cops arrest Alan? Why was there a police report? Why were there “visible marks” that warranted the police to take photos? I may not be an expert but I do know that marks don’t just appear magically on someone’s face. I really hope that Lesley Panettiere isn’t dropping the charges out of fear, or because she doesn’t want to harm her daughter’s career. Unfortunately, that happens all too often in domestic abuse cases. The batterer swears he’ll never do it again, it was just this one time, etc. I hope the police put Lesley in touch with a support group or counselor- because if he gets away with it once, he’ll do it again. Count on it.

Also, Mario Lopez is an idiot.

Hayden Panettiere, her mom, dad, and brother, Jansen, are shown at STK on 2/14/08. Credit: GABO/DEAN/JRI/BAUERGRIFFINONLINE

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  1. daisy424 says:

    Great write up MSat. You are so right and sounds like you speak from experience.

    The abusers always say; they won’t do it again, how sorry they are, I love you baby, balh, blah, blah.

    Way to go Lesley. That’s not the way to set a good example for your daughter.

  2. elisha says:

    Hayden’s hair looks amazing in the bottom pic.

  3. Snowblood says:

    Yes, awesome article, MSat – “misunderstanding” my left tit. What a crock of droppings, they expect us to believe that ancient old post-incident line, “It was all a misunderstanding?” Hayden’s father is clearly an extremely controlling emotionally & psychologically and PHYSICALLY abusive husband to his wife. The police do not have to drop charges just because the victim changes her mind and says “Oh, no, please don’t charge him, it’s O.K., really, I’m fine,” the police are required by the law they enforce to file charges against the abuser with the District Attorney’s office.

    I know this fact from past experience. My first BF, many years ago, beat me up really badly one time & the neighbors called the police, yet since i lived with him and was entirely dependant upon him, and was terrified of his violent ass, I tried to convince the officers that I really didn’t want them to file charges against him, even as they were in the process of photographing my blackened & bleeding face and horribly bruised arms and legs. The police gently told me it wasn’t up to them, that he committed a crime, so he was going to be charged by the D.A., no matter what I said.

    Who knew Hayden had such a dark family member? I wonder what it was like growing up with that, poor Hayden & her mother.

  4. OXA says:

    he is a bully and once again has manipulated her. hard to respect a woman who allows this to happen and does nothing so the abuser can save face.