Hayden's Dad: Arrest Was a 'Misunderstanding'

08/12/2008 at 03:00 PM EDT

Hayden's Dad: Arrest Was a 'Misunderstanding'
Hayden Panettiere and her family last year
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Hayden Panettiere's father, Alan, says his recent arrest was a "misunderstanding."

Following his release on bail Monday, Alan "Skip" Panettiere played down the alleged altercation with his wife, Lesley Vogel, telling Extra that "nothing actually happened."

After a conversation with both Alan and Lesley, Extra host Mario Lopez, a friend of the family, says: "Lesley wasn't even aware that Skip had been arrested. Hayden found out about her dad's arrest when he called her from jail."

Panettiere, 49, was arrested at the family's West Hollywood home in the early hours of Monday morning and was booked on a charge of felony domestic violence following a fight with Vogel.

But just hours after Panettiere was released from police custody, the couple united for a very public display of togetherness, smiling as they walked their dogs near the family home on Monday afternoon.

Says Lopez: "They love each other very much and want everyone to know that the matter was completely blown out of proportion."

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