Hayden Panettiere’s father Alan was arrested on charges of domestic violence early on Monday morning (11.08.08).

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The Heroes star’s father allegedly struck his wife Lesley in the face during an argument at around 3am in the morning.

It is claimed the couple were at a party at Eva Longoria’s restaurant Beso on Sunday night (10.08.08), before they returned home and the argument began.

Law enforcement sources told gossip website tmz.com Alan was upset because Lesley had got too close to another man at the party and was “disrespecting” him.

During the argument, Alan allegedly hit Lesley on the cheek and left a visible mark. However, despite being advised to go to the hospital, Lesley refused.

Following the incident, Alan was arrested on a felony charge of domestic violence and taken into police custody. He is being held on $50,000 bail.

Hayden, 18, has a younger brother, 13-year-old actor Jansen Panettiere.