Hayden Panettiere's Dad Charged With Misdemeanor Battery

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Prosecutors say they have charged the father of "Heroes" star Hayden Panettiere with misdemeanor battery for an incident in which he allegedly hit his wife.

Alan Panettiere faces up to a year in a Los Angeles County jail if convicted. He was arrested on Aug. 11 on suspicion of striking his wife, Lesley.

At the time, a sheriff's spokesman said Panettiere was accused of hitting his wife three times with an open hand. The 49-year-old was later released on $50,000 bail after the arrest. His arraignment will be held in October at a Beverly Hills courthouse.

Jail records did not indicate an attorney for Panettiere.

Hayden Panettiere plays Claire Bennett on NBC's "Heroes."