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Boyfriend of 'Nashville' Star Hayden Panettiere Arrested in Alleged Domestic Altercation... Again

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By Nicholas Vrchoticky

Valentine's Day is for lovers or, at least, it's supposed to be, but that doesn't seem to be the case for Nashville star Hayden Panettiere and her boyfriend, Brian Hickerson, who were involved in another domestic dispute on February 14.

The alleged assault came at a surprising time, that being Valentine's Day, but the charges themselves might be more surprising if this was the first domestic dispute between the couple. From what we know, Panettiere and Hickerson's relationship has been rocky for a while.

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What we know about the current situation

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It was around 2:30 a.m. on Valentine's Day (Feb. 14, 2020) when Panettiere's boyfriend Brian Hickerson was arrested. The arrest occurred in Jackson, Wyoming, and Hickerson is facing charges for domestic battery and interference with a police officer.

According to the local Jackson Hole News, Panettiere called the police after Hickerson allegedly punched her in the face. The police report detailed injuries to Panettiere's face.

According to the report, when Hickerson was asked about punching Panettiere: "[his] demeanor immediately changed and he avoided the question."

Who is Brian Hickerson?

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Brian Hickerson moved to L.A. from South Carolina to pursue an acting career and ended up working in real estate. As an aspiring actor, he's only had one role to date: Hickerson played Officer Williams in the 2017 movie M.F.A.

Chasing his dream of fame has led him more credits in the dating world than on the film scene, with dating Miss Alabama Teen USA 2014 and, of course, former Heroes actor Panettiere.

After current events, Hickerson may have finally found fame, with his face blowing up the media for his alleged assault, but probably not the fame he was looking for.

A rocky relationship to say the least

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It's reported that the couple's relationship began as a mere fling, following her separation to Wladimir Klitschko back in August 2018, before progressing into a relationship. From the start, sources questioned their relationship.

Early in their relationship, the couple was visited by the police as a result of an alleged altercation between the couple and Hickerson's father. Police were responding to call regarding assault and battery. According to documents obtained by TMZ, Brain appeared to be chasing his father through the house with a bottle when police arrived.

According to PEOPLE, a source commented on their early relationship, saying:

"Brian has been a bad influence from the beginning. Hayden’s friends and family are not happy with the relationship."

The first alleged domestic dispute

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On May 2, 2019, Brian Hickerson was arrested on a domestic violence charge after an alleged physical altercation with Hayden Panettiere, and was released the same day on a $50,000 bond, according to TMZ. TMZ sources reported that the alleged incident occurred after the couple had been out drinking together in Hollywood.

Initially, the Hayden was issued a protective order meant to keep Hickerson from coming with 100 yards of her while he was being charged with felony domestic violence.

The charges against Hickerson and the protective order were dismissed in Sept. 2019.

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