Brian Hickerson was arrested on Valentine's Day (February 14) after an alleged physical dispute with girlfriend Hayden Panettiere, according to TMZ.
According to the report, Hickerson, 30, was reported arrested around 2:30 a.m. after a fight with the Nashville star, 30. He allegedly struck her “with a closed fist on the right side of her face," the police told the celebrity gossip website. Once authorities arrived to the scene, Hickerson was in the driveway of an Indian Springs Drive house and told the police that the star was inside the residence "saying he beat the f**k out of me." Documents indicate that he wouldn't answer when asked if he had actually hit her.
Meanwhile, Panettiere's side of the story revealed that the two were arguing, before he threw her around and punched her. The star's face was reportedly red and swollen. She also had a scrape and swelling on her left hand. Hickerson was booked for domestic battery and a second charge of interfering with a police officer after allegedly refusing to identify himself. He reportedly appeared at Teton County Circuit Court on Friday afternoon and was released on a $5,000 bond.
Unfortunately, this isn't the first domestic dispute between the two. In May 2019, he was also arrested for domestic violence after an argument with the actress, but the charges were dropped. Even though a judge ordered her a protective order against Hickerson, a source close to the star revealed that her family and friends believed that the two were still in contact. "It's disturbing to family and friends that Hayden and Brian may not be following the court order," an insider told Us Weekly exclusively at the time. "There is not one single person out there who isn’t concerned about Hayden. What Brian did to Hayden is unacceptable behavior, and it's not to be tolerate."
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