Hayden Panettiere’s boyfriend, Brian Hickerson, has been charged with one felony count of domestic violence. https://t.co/sBi1tgDnAd— Entertainment Tonight (@etnow) May 23, 2019
Earlier this month, Hayden Panettiere’s boyfriend, Brian Hickerson, was taken into custody after allegedly getting into a violent confrontation with the 29-year-old Nashville actress. According to the prosecutor, Hickerson “hit [Panettiere] on the face, causing her to get dizzy” on May 2 in Hollywood at her home.
Hickerson pleaded not guilty to a felony domestic violence charge Thursday but a judge found him guilty of one count domestic violence, and issued a protective order that prevents him from coming 100 yards of Hayden.
Two weeks after Hickerson's arrest, he and Panettiere were photographed walking together and holding hands in Los Angeles.
Their relationship has been strained since getting together last August. Panettiere previously made news after reportedly allowing her 4-year-old daughter to move overseas with her ex-husband Wladimir Klitschko due to fears from family and friends that her new relationship wasn't the best environment for a child. In October, a 911 call was placed after Brian Hickerson was involved in an altercation with his father where police found an intoxicated Hayden answering the door.
The actress has not commented on the case.
Hayden Panettiere's boyfriend has now been ordered to stay away from her after his domestic violence arrest. https://t.co/tLA2ER05aq— E! News (@enews) May 23, 2019