Hickerson and his attorney, Shawn Holley, appeared in a Los Angeles courtroom where the judge ruled to dismiss the charges and the protective order against the 30-year-old. ET understands the judge’s decision came after prosecutors told the judge that their office wanted the case dismissed. Hickerson's bail was also dismissed. ET has reached out to attorneys for Panettiere and Hickerson for comment.
A spokesman for the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office tells ET, "The case against Brian Hickerson was dismissed without prejudice today. Our office was unable to proceed because we could not secure a material witness. The protective order also was dismissed."
Earlier this month, rumors sparked that the actress was dating Hickerson's brother, Zach, when the two were photographed holding hands. However, a source told ET that they weren't dating.
According to ET's source, Panettiere moved from Los Angeles to New York City in the last few weeks for a fresh start following her breakup with Hickerson.
ET's source said the former couple does not communicate at all. However, the source cautions they’re "unsure if [Hayden] actually moved on from [Brian]," insinuating that the two may get back together at some point. "[The pictures] may be a tactic to take heat off Brian” ahead of his court date, the source added.