The Latest On The Hayden Panettiere Scandal
- 21 Agu 2019
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Nashville star Hayden Panettiere began dating real estate agent Brian Hickerson in the summer of 2018. The relationship reportedly started after Hickerson, quote, "saved" her from swarming paparazzi. Almost immediately, the pair started making headlines for all the wrong reasons. Now, the newest reports say that Panettiere plans to relocate across the country just to get away from him.
The problems seemed to start for Panettiere and Hickerson back in November of 2018. According to a report in Us Weekly from that month, police in Greenville, South Carolina, responded to a domestic assault call at the home of Hickerson's father. One of the responding officers claimed to have witnessed Hickerson chasing his father through the kitchen of the residence. His father reportedly appeared to have blood on his face when officers arrived.
Before entering the residence, officers were greeted at the door by Hayden Panettiere herself, whom officers described as being in a frantic state. The official police report stated that both Panettiere and Hickerson admitted that they'd been drinking that night; according to one of the responding officers,
"[They] were adamant that they were fine and did not need our assistance."
All of this happened just months after the pair were first linked. Ten days after that incident, friends and family of the former Heroes star allegedly aired their concerns. According to Us Weekly, one unnamed source said those close to Panettiere believed that the relationship was, quote, "not a healthy situation." That same month, however, Hickerson told Access the exact opposite:
"Just to be clear, Hayden's friends and family are not worried about her at all. Hayden is happy and healthy and so is our relationship. That is all I will comment on so please respect my privacy."
Unfortunately, it seems as though the fears allegedly suffered by Panettiere's friends and family weren't unfounded after all. On May 3, 2019, TMZ reported that Hickerson was arrested for domestic violence in Hollywood after an argument between the pair took a physical turn. He was charged for felony domestic violence and released on $50,000 bond. According to Radar Online, Hickerson allegedly struck her three separate times in the face over the course of two days. Panettiere's alleged injuries included a bloody nose, multiple bruises all over her body, and a bite wound.
A source told People at the time:
"Hayden knows Brian has a bad temper and can be controlling, but there is an extreme attraction to it. [...] 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."
Repeated calls from family and friends urging to Panettiere break it off with Hickerson have allegedly fallen on deaf ears. A source told People that her inner circle really wants her to leave Hickerson, and are baffled why she hasn't been able to end this relationship. The source said:
"Her friends and family have been worried about her for quite a while, and things seem to have gotten worse. She needs to do some soul-searching […] It's a sad situation."
Panettiere's personal life will apparently continue to get dragged into the spotlight, because in July 2019, Brian Hickerson hired high-profile lawyer Shawn Holley to represent him, Radar Online reported. The famous lawyer has represented the likes of O.J. Simpson, Lindsay Lohan, and Kim Kardashian over the years, so we can expect that this case will be tabloid fodder as it continues to unfold.
Luckily, according to a source speaking to Radar Online in August, 2019, Panettiere is removing herself from Hickerson with plans to relocate across the country to New York City. The source explained:
"After all the drama and public attention in L.A., she wants to leave all the bad memories behind. [...] Hayden loves New York. She is comfortable there, and grew up around there."
The move may also turn out to have an extra silver lining for Panettiere. As Radar Online noted, a New York address would make it easier for the star to visit her daughter Kaya, who lives in Europe with her former fiance.