Hayden Panettiere's Ex-Boyfriend Brian Hickerson Arrested On Charges of Domestic Violence and Assault
By Desiree Murphy
Hayden Panettiere's ex-boyfriend Brian Hickerson has been arrested on charges of domestic violence and assault.
ET confirms that Hickerson was charged Thursday night in an eight-count felony complaint alleging domestic violence and assault. He was booked the same day, and his bail is set at $320,000. The felony complaint for arrest against Hickerson states four counts of injuring a spouse, one count of battery, two counts of assault with a deadly weapon and one count of dissuading a witness from prosecuting a crime.
Panettiere recently reported to the Teton County Sheriff in Wyoming, the Los Angeles Police Department and the Santa Monica Police Department multiple serious instances of extreme domestic violence perpetrated by Hickerson during their year-and-a-half-long relationship, a source with knowledge of the situation tells ET.
"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," Panettiere said in a statement to ET following Hickerson's arrest. "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."
Panettiere's attorney, Alan Jackson, also shared a statement to ET, which read, "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," the statement continued. "As a survivor, she recognizes that her arduous journey of healing has just begun."
ET has reached out to Hickerson's rep for comment.
A source close to Panettiere told ET on Friday that the 30-year-old actress has been undergoing successful treatment for alcohol abuse issues and is focused on recovery. "She's taking this big step as part of her recovery process," the source said. "She hopes that it will help someone else who is dealing with emotional or physical abuse."