Hayden: Dad's Arrest 'Blown Out of Proportion'

08/25/2008 at 11:00 AM EDT

Hayden: Dad's Arrest 'Blown Out of Proportion'
Hayden Panettiere and her family last year
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Hayden Panettiere insists her father's recent arrest was much ado about nothing.

Speaking publicly for the first time about his arrest two weeks ago for alleged felony domestic violence, she blames attention-seeking police for making it a big deal.

"It was blown way out of proportion by a sheriff who wanted his 15 minutes of fame," the Heroes actress, who turned 19 last Thursday, tells Extra.

"My family is wonderful – they are so very happy. So…we're all great."

Panettiere's father, Alan, was arrested Aug. 11 at the family's West Hollywood home after allegedly striking his wife, Lesley Vogel, in the face. He was released on bail and reunited with his wife that same day.

At the time, he told Extra that "nothing actually happened" and called the incident a "misunderstanding."

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