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Hayden Panettiere’s ex-boyfriend arrested, charged with felony assault


Hayden Panettiere’s ex-boyfriend, Brian Hickerson, was arrested and charged with felony assault, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department confirmed to People.

Hickerson, 31, was arrested Thursday night at 9 p.m. and charged in an eight-count felony complaint alleging domestic violence and assault, according to Entertainment Tonight.

He remains in custody, and his bail was set at $320,000.

The 31-year-old actress has recently reported prior incidents of multiple instances of domestic violence to the LAPD, the Santa Monica Police Department, as well as Teton County Sheriff in Wyoming, according to reports.

“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,” her attorney, Alan Jackson, said in a statement to several outlets.

“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.”

The former “Heroes” star also addressed the alleged abuse.

“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,” she told People. “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.”

Earlier this week, multiple outlets reported that the former child star had obtained a restraining order against Hickerson.

On Valentine’s Day, Hickerson was arrested in Jackson, Wyo. for allegedly punching his then-girlfriend Panettiere. The two had been together for about a year and a half.

Hickerson was charged with domestic battery, and later pleaded not guilty.