Heroes Star's Dad Charged With Hitting Wife

By Elizabeth Wolff,  Newser User
Posted Sep 26, 2008 10:54 AM CDT
In this Sept. 7, 2008 file photo, actress Hayden Panettiere poses on the press line at the "Heroes: Countdown to the Premiere" event in Los Angeles.    (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg, file)
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(Newser) Heroes star Hayden Panettiere's father, Alan, was charged with misdemeanor battery yesterday for hitting wife Lesley. After a late night out at their 19-year-old daughter's charity event last month, he allegedly struck her "one or two times on the cheek causing bruising with a closed fist," an LA County sheriff's department rep tells People. He faces up to a year in jail If convicted on the misdemeanor charge.