Hayden Panettiere’s boyfriend, Brian Hickerson, has been arrested again, and this time cops say he allegedly punched her in the face.
According to the Teton County Sheriff’s Office, they arrested Hickerson just before 2 a.m. on Valentine’s Day for domestic battery.
In court documents related to the arrest, Hayden called the police and told them her boyfriend had punched her in the face. At the time, apparently locked him out of their house in Jackson, Wyoming and he was wandering away from the residence.
According to Jackson Hole News & Guide, who broke the story, Hickerson told police when they arrived that his girlfriend was in the house “saying he beat the f— out of her.” Cop say he avoided answering whether or not he had punched her in the face, but said he had hired a chef and paid him $700 to stick around the home so that he, “wouldn’t be accused of bulls***.”
In the report, police say they did talk to the chef on the phone, and he said he left before any fight occurred. But, he did witness the couple arguing earlier in the night.
While investigating the situation, police noticed Hayden’s face was red and swollen. During an interview with the ‘Nashville’ actress, she claimed Hickerson started throwing her around in their bedroom and then puncher her in the face.
Cops also noticed a scrape on her left hand, which is believed to have come from his watch during the melee.
Hickerson was then arrested and charged with domestic battery and interference with a peace officer. He was booked into the local jail and released Friday afternoon on a $5,000 bond.
As we reported, this is not the first time Brian has been accused of domestic violence in this relationship. He was arrested in May after police were called to Hayden and his home after an argument turned physical.
At the time, police determined Hayden had red marks on her body consistent with a fight and arrested him for felony domestic violence.
He was eventually charged for the crime in Los Angeles, but it was dropped with prosecutor couldn’t secure the complaining witness (i.e. Hayden wouldn’t testify against him)
It’s unclear at this moment if Hayden has left Wyoming or the couple is still together.