Hayden Panettiere

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Forget the world. Apparently the only thing that needs saving right now is the Panettieres' marriage.

Alan Panettiere, father of Heroes star Hayden Panettiere, was arrested early Monday morning for allegedly hitting his wife, Lesley Panettiere, when the couple got into an argument after attending a party.

Sgt. Scott Wolf, a spokesman for the West Hollywood Sheriff's Department, told E! News that the 49-year-old Panettiere got into a spat with Lesley, 52, at approximately 3 a.m. and struck her on the left cheek up to two times with a closed fist.

Hayden's mom called police, who arrived at the home and took her statement.

When investigators noticed redness and bruises on her face consistent with an assault, lan was subsequently taken into custody and booked on felony spousal abuse. He is currently being held on $50,000 bail.

No word whether 18-year-old Hayden or her younger brother, Jansen Panettiere, were present during the altercation.

Sources told TMZ the couple had gone to a shindig early that evening and that Alan went ballistic when his missus was "hanging" with an unidentified individual and he felt she was "disrespecting" him.

It's unclear if the event they were at was the same dinner Hayden emceed Sunday night to benefit the Whaleman Foundation and held at Beso, the Hollywood eatery owned by Eva Longoria Parker.

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