Hayden Panettiere’s boyfriend charged with domestic violence, ordered to stay away

Hayden Panettiere’s boyfriend, Brian Hickerson, appeared in an LA court yesterday morning where he was charged for felony domestic violence for a May 2nd incident in which the two of them fought. According to TMZ, cops determined that Brian started the fight and there were visible marks on Hayden’s body. At yesterday’s hearing, the judge placed a prosecutor-ordered protective order on Brian prohibiting him from contacting her, coming within 100 feet of her or owning firearms. Here’s more on that:

Hayden Panettiere’s boyfriend, Brian Hickerson, has been charged with felony domestic violence following a past alleged incident between the pair, Us Weekly can confirm.

Hickerson, 30, appeared in a Los Angeles courthouse on Thursday, May 23, where he pleaded not guilty to the charges. A judge granted a prosecutor-requested protective order, which states that Hickerson cannot come within 100 yards of Panettiere, 29, or contact her via phone, email, or any other third party. He also cannot own firearms.

According to the prosecutor, Hickerson “hit [Panettiere] on the face, causing her to get dizzy” during an altercation on May 2 in Hollywood. The noise alerted one of the duo’s neighbors, who then called 911. When police got to the scene, Hickerson allegedly told them that the sound came from the television. Hickerson was subsequently arrested for domestic violence.

[From Us Magazine]

Radar Online has the detail from court that “the District Attorney claimed there were other unreported incidents of domestic violence in the relationship.” It doesn’t look like Hayden and Brian broke up after that awful fight because they were seen out together May 15th. I hope that Brian either stays away from Hayden or that he’s arrested and gets more charges if he doesn’t comply. Sources tell People Magazine that Hayden isn’t likely to leave on her own. Their source says that “Hayden knows Brian has a bad temper and can be controlling, but there is an extreme attraction to it. And despite warnings from family and friends, the relationship seems solid. Those close to Hayden are more worried than ever about this and his temper. But Hayden is taken with him. She thinks he is what she needs in her life now.” I know some people will bash her but the cycle of abuse is insidious and hard to escape. This might not even be true, she might want out but not know how to leave or Brian might be the one blabbing to People.

Hayden Panettiere and Brian Hickerson enjoy a date night at ArcLight Theatre in Hollywood


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  1. Eyeroll says:

    Wow. This is sad. I hope she has the support from her family and friends and is able to leave him before he does more damage. Is she still on that Nashville show? She had a pretty promising career at a time and while she hasn’t quite gone the Lindsay Lohan route, I thought she’d fare better. I remember her ex has custody of her daughter and that’s a good thing if that’s the case. Can’t have a child in this environment.

    • Mia4s says:

      “I hope she has the support from her family and friends…”

      Friends maybe, but years ago while she was on Heroes her father was arrested for hitting her mother. Hayden and her mother blamed the cops for blowing things out of proportion. So…yeah, that’s the family.

      “Is she still on that Nashville show?”

      No, that ended last year. She isn’t working, hasn’t worked in over a year, and has nothing in development. Sadly as I said in another thread, this will get worse before it gets better. There’s no silver linings here.

      • ariel says:

        I thought of this too, that report that her father was abusive to her mother and their family. Seeing that modeled as behavior makes it so much harder to leave, to break the cycle. B/c that behavior is normal, and therefore oddly comforting. Even if its painful and awful, she may, deep down, think that’s how a relationship is supposed to be.

        I hope she has a support system (though abuse victims are so often isolated by their abuser). And we will all think good thoughts for her to get out, and get mentally healthy. And for her, probably cut back on the drinking.

  2. Sarah_UK says:

    This makes me feel very sad, I really feel like I’m rooting for Hayden.

  3. Jennifer says:

    I’m so glad her daughter is with her father and doesn’t have to witness this going on. Hayden will eventually get out, it takes an average of 7 attempts to leave an abusive relationship. I’d put money on a guess that her boyfriend has some dirt on her and uses it as leverage to keep her with him, something like “I’ll give pictures and texts of you doing _______ to the tabloids/your ex and ruin your life and custody arrangement… if you ever leave me”. Or he’s turned this mess into a star crossed lovers, us against the world type of thing. A combination of both wouldn’t be surprising either. Get out now Hayden!

  4. Kittycat says:

    Hayden is someone with all the resources in the world and still is in a bad position.

    Just shows domestic violence happens to everyone.

  5. CharliePenn says:

    This is terrible. She’s being abused, has little contact with her child, and from the looks of her she’s been drinking a lot. She has the kind of face that just shows it, I’m sadly familiar with it in my own family.
    What happened to her to cause her to be so self destructive? I don’t know details but I’ve heard her family is unstable also. It’s hard to watch. I hope she can turn it around somehow. But she can’t even get it together for her child… so… it looks pretty bleak.

    • geekychick says:

      I think we shouldn’t forget that, considering her child, it seems that it was her own decision and agency. She had a problem with addiction(s?) and she gave the primary custody to the father. To be fair, even before they split, the rumors were that she isn’t the primary caregiver of her daughter. While it is commendable that she recognized her problems, let’s not put all the blame on hr circumstances on her toxic and abusive partner. She obviously had some problems prior to him and so I hope that she kicks him AND deals with her problems in order to get the full healthy life she deserves.

      • Eyeroll says:

        I read she struggled with Postpartum depression. Might’ve played into her not wanting joint physical custody. She did what’s best for her daughter if her life was less than ideal at that time and it seems she’s never fully recovered. Hopefully her daughter is being raised well and is safe. She seems older and perpetually young at the same time. I remember how weirded out I was by her relationship with Milo Vetemiglia. I know they were both legal, but she was like 18 and he was much older than her and was starring as her uncle on that show, Heroes. The older she got, the less weird it was. But I side eye these guys in their 30s who date teenagers.

  6. Cee says:

    A toxic relationship is never SOLID! Whoever wrote that needs a reality check.

    I hope he does stay away. It’d the only way she’ll walk away alive. I wish her strength (and therapy!)

  7. Socks says:

    Her body language in the recent photo of them out says a lot. They definitely aren’t “holding hands.”
    I hope she is able to get away from him. Ending an abusive relationship is not easy. Who knows what kind of threats he could be making to her. For myself, it took over a year of trying to end it before I finally got away and it was very hard to do. In my case I feared for my safety more away from him.

    • Elizabeth1992 says:

      I did a lot of work with women who were in shelters and I think people need to understand that abusive men can be very charming after an incident of violence. They can beg for forgiveness, blame themselves without mercy, show kindness, be a good dad and husband (for a while). But that doesn’t mean it won’t happen again. And these men are great at fooling people outside of the relationship. Wow, did I see that up close from some of them which was pathetic because I knew exactly what they were like. But they still tried to “snow” me – I heard the same lies over and over from different abusers. And I thought honey, save your breath.

  8. Digital Unicorn says:

    I hope she finds the strength to get away from him he’s a gold digging POS. She has struggled with mental health issues for a long time, I hope it’s a happy ending for her.

  9. Kebbie says:

    I assumed she called the police, but apparently it was a neighbor that heard it and called. So maybe she hasn’t been pushed to her rock bottom yet. The whole situation is so sad, I’m just glad her daughter is far away from it all.

  10. Sojaschnitzel says:

    Her smile has almost reached a Heidi Klum level of fakeness. I am worried about her. Also the pants are tragic.

  11. Renee says:

    I hope Hayden gets out & gets help. Her life has been in a messy downward spiral for awhile now.

  12. Alex Schuster says:

    That’s the beginning of a tragic end. Poor little lost girl, chasing the love bombing moments😔

    • Elizabeth1992 says:

      I know that feeling. It can be very seductive and hard to resist if you are socially isolated.

  13. Paperclip468 says:

    I get the feeling they both thrive on conflict. Of course, I don’t know them. It’s just a feeling. It’s really sad.

  14. ChiaMom says:

    People aren’t even commenting she’s a victim of abuse what has she done to deserve no interest or support

  15. Sara says:

    Holy crap! I totally missed the divorce from boxer husband???