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Hayden Panettiere Speaks Out After Boyfriend's Domestic Battery Arrest

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By Adreon Patterson

Hayden Panettiere speaks out for the first time on social media after boyfriend Brian Hickerson's arrest on February 14.

On Valentine's Day, Hickerson was arrested for domestic battery against Panetierre after punching her in the face. The Valentines' incident was the second domestic violence between the two. Since Hickerson's arrest, The two have been separated.

With her separation from her boyfriend, the Heroes and Nashville alum appears to be relying on the support of the man she calls her “champ,” her ex-fiancé and daughter's father Wladimir Klitschko.

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The 30-year-old actress shared two now-deleted images on Twitter of her 5-year-old daughter Kaya.

One showed her daughter sporting tiger face paint with the caption “Stunner." Her second post showed her 43-year-old ex-fiance dancing with their little girl in front of a sparkly background along with the note “Best father ever.”

After deleting the photos, she chose to take the time to briefly interact with two fans on Twitter.

One social media user asked, “Hayden, how are you doing are you okay?”

Panettiere replied to the user, “Always good.” She added a smiling emoji.

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Shortly after the Remember the Titans star breaking up with her daughter's father, she began dating Hickerson.

In 2019, a judge ordered her boyfriend to stay away from her as the charges were pending after his arrest. He ended up pleading not guilty before the case was later dismissed.

Less than two weeks ago, the South Carolina native was arrested again for alleged domestic battery towards Panetierre. He was released on a $5,000 bond and is due back in court on March 12.

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Panetierre had to defend her ex after another Twitter user confused the photo of Klitschko with Hickerson. She quickly came to Klitschko’s defense.

The user wrote under the post, “Before or after he beat you.”

Panetierre responded, “Wrong guy. Klitschko’s r legends. That’s my CHAMP.”

The actress's relationship with the former professional boxer seems to be on the mend after her ordeal with Hickerson.

On the other hand, those around the actress seemed to be relieved that her toxic relationship with Hickerson may be over.

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Following the latest incident with Hickerson, Panettiere’s family wanted her to be safe more than ever.

Sources close to the star who spoke with Radar Online stating her fam “wants Brian behind bars,” though her mother “has reservations” about helping to put him there.

Regardless of how Hayden feels, those around her are hoping for the best because “plenty of people” witnessed both attacks.

The source stated, “There are witnesses this time [to what happened] and Hayden’s family is finally encouraged.”

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The source mentioned that the recent incident, as well as a previous one, may have been due to Hickerson's alleged alcohol problem.

“He had told Hayden after his last arrest and when they got back together that he was taking a break from drinking, but Brian started drinking again and this is what happened," the insider revealed. "He has serious anger issues and when he drinks it brings it out, it magnifies it 1000 percent.”

Hopefully, these domestic incidents will finally put to an end to their unhealthy relationship.

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