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Hayden Panettiere's Boyfriend Arrested On Valentine's Day

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By Melissa Weirick

At 2:30am on Valentine's Day, the Teton County deputies were called to a private residence in Wyoming. That residence belonged to Hayden Panettiere and her boyfriend, Brian Hickerson, who had gotten into a domestic dispute. Brian Hickerson "was arrested and charged with domestic battery and interference with a police officer," a spokesperson said. Hayden and Brian began dating sometime in 2018 after Hayden split from her former fiance, Wladimir Klitschko - who resides in the Ukraine with their daughter, Kaya.

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Court documents from Jackson Hole News state that Hayden called police after Brian allegedly punched her in the face. When the police arrived, they found Brian in the driveway because Hayden had locked him out of the house in fear for her own safety. When officers questioned Brian about the situation, he said that his girlfriend was claiming that he "beat the f*** out of her." Investigating further, police did log injuries on Hayden Panettiere's face that supported her claim.

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Because of the notable injuries on Hayden's face, officers confronted Brian about them. And according to the court report, when they did so, apparently his "demeanor immediately changed and he avoided the question." He claimed that nothing happened and that they had been arguing earlier in the night but he had asked their private chef to stay at the residence so he "wouldn't be accused of bull****." The chef stayed for a small amount of time, but eventually left around 1am due to tiredness.

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This is not the first altercation that Hayden Panettiere and Brian Hickerson have been involved in. In South Carolina back in 2018, the two were involved in a drunken incident with Brian's father that led to police being called. No legal action was taken during that time, but Brian was arrested in May of 2019 for felony domestic violence. There was a protective order issued against him, but it was later dropped and after some time, the case was dismissed.

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During this Valentine's Day encounter, Brian Hickerson was charged with interference because he refused to identify himself to police. Hayden's representative has not been available for a comment, but the police records state that Brian began throwing things at her face when they were in the bedroom together. Backing up this claim, police on the scene allegedly said that Hayden's face was red and swollen - adding onto the fact that she claims he had punched her in the right side of her face with a closed fist.

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Back in November, when Brian's previous charges were dropped, the two were photographed together in an airport. Evidence shows that they seem to have a decently volatile relationship that tends to be on-again-off-again. The last time Brian Hickerson was arrested, he was released on bail. He was taken into custody due to Valentine's Day altercation, but the investigation as to whether he will be released or not is still ongoing. He was charged with two misdemeanors for interference with a police officer and domestic battery.

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