Hayden Panettiere's ex Brian Hickerson 'sentenced to 45 days in jail' for 'severely abusing' actress during relationship

HAYDEN Panettiere's ex Brian Hickerson "sentenced to 45 days in jail" for "severely abusing" the actress during their relationship.

Back in July 2020, the Heroes actress was granted a restraining order against him despite him threatening to release embarrassing footage if she spoke out against him.


On Tuesday, Brian pleaded no contest to two felony counts of injuring a spouse, the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office confirmed to PEOPLE.

Hi sentence begins on May 7.

He was also sentenced to four years of formal probation, 52 domestic violence classes, $500 in restitution, and a five-year protective order.

The other charges of assault with a deadly weapon, intimidating Hayden, and a misdemeanor charge of battery on a spouse/cohabitant were dropped.

The pair had a tumultuous relationship from the beginning of the romance in August 2018.

In May 2019, he was arrested for a felony domestic charge against the actress.

Hayden, 30, suffered injuries and bruises to her arms, ear, and neck, according to police. Those charges have been dropped.

He was arrested again in February 2020 in Jackson, Wyoming, with TMZ reporting Brian allegedly struck Hayden “with a closed fist on the right side of her face” during a fight.

According to court documents, Hayden has also claimed Brian was responsible for "multiple incidents" of "domestic abuse" in California.

She also alleged the "abuse" happened in other states, as well as Puerto Rico.

Hayden was then granted in July a restraining order against her ex after she claimed he "abused" her "multiple" times.

Hayden claimed in the restraining order: "When alcohol is involved, he pulls my hair, swings me around and hits me, spits in my face, has dumped water over me while I'm in bed."

He was charged in an eight-count complaint that includes assault and domestic violence charges, as well as other felony offenses, on July 16.


Brian pleaded not guilty to the felony charges against him in court and was released on bail for $350,000.

In August 2020, the Nashville actress further filed legal documents which alleged that in March he got in touch and that his communications were “much more directed and threatening in manner.”

Us Weekly alleged that Hayden's attorney then spoke to Teton County Sheriff's office, in Wyoming to let them know that he had been in touch with the star, sending her videos and texts with "embarrassing" information.

The documents, seen by Us Weekly, continue: "Some of the 'embarrassing’ information … appears to be for short video clips that were sent from [Brian] to [Hayden] during this exchange from a previous incident at an unknown date and time.

"[Brian] used threatening language throughout the texts and videos referencing having information that would be embarrassing to [Hayden] if she refused to drop the charges that have been brought against him."

A source close to the investigation alleged to the publication: "He had direct communication with Hayden.

"Brian threatened to release certain information if she didn’t drop the charges. Specifically, he threatened to release videos of her."

Hayden was previously engaged to the father of her five-year-old daughter Kaya, Wladimir Klitschko.

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