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Hayden Panettiere's Ex-Boyfriend Brian Hickerson Charged With Felony Over Domestic Violence Incident

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By Ryan Naumann

Hayden Panettiere’s ex-boyfriend Brian Hickerson is facing serious prison time after being charged for an alleged assault against the actress.

According to reports, Hayden’s ex was recently hit with an 8-count criminal complaint which domestic violence charges, assault charges and other felony charges. The charges were filed in California only days after Hayden obtained a restraining order against Brian.

Hayden allegedly reported her ex to the police in Wyoming and LAPD for multiple past incidents involving extreme domestic violence.

The actress released a statement, “I am coming forward with the truth about what happened to me with the hope that my story will empower others in abusive relationships to get the help they need and deserve. I am prepared to do my part to make sure this man never hurts anyone again. I’m grateful for my support system, which helped me find the courage to regain my voice and my life."

Hayden's lawyer, Alan Jackson, was quoted, "After suffering for years as the victim of psychological, emotional, and severe physical abuse, Hayden Panettiere has begun the process of taking back her life. Hayden has found the strength and courage to share the truth about her abuse and her abuser, and she intends to assist the prosecution to see that justice is served. As a survivor, she recognizes that her arduous journey of healing has just begun."

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As The Blast first reported, Hadyen recently rushed to court to obtain a restraining order against Brian.

According to court records obtained by The Blast, Hayden has filed to register an out-of-state restraining order in the state of California. The actress appears to have obtained a restraining order in another state against her ex.

Hayden reportedly broke up with Brian in June after dating for less than two years. Earlier this year, Brian was arrested after he allegedly punched the actress in her face during an argument. The incident took place in Wyoming on Valentine’s Day.

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It appears Hayden is attempting to make the restraining order obtained in Wyoming enforceable in California, where she lives.

Brian has a long history of arrests and domestic violence allegations. Back in 2019, he was arrested following a domestic violence incident where Hayden was the victim. The charges were eventually dropped against Brian because Hayden refused to cooperate.

Months later, on Valentine’s Day, Brian was arrested again after a domestic incident with Hayden where he reportedly punched her in the face. At one point, Brian allegedly struck Hayden “with a closed fist on the right side of her face.”

Police were called for a disturbance at a home in Jackson, Wyoming.. Officers arrived and saw Brian in front of the home where he told them his girlfriend was inside "saying he beat the f*** out of me." Brian refused to answer questions about an alleged assault. Hayden told officers they were in the bedroom when Brian started throwing her around and “punched her.” The report noted the actress had marks on her left hand which they believe came from Brian’s watch.

Brian was arrested at the scene for domestic battery and for interfering with a police officer, due to him not identifying himself to officers.

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