Hayden Panettiere, Brian Hickerson

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Hayden Panettiere's boyfriend Brian Hickerson was arrested early on Thursday after allegedly getting into a violent confrontation with the actress.

A police spokesperson told E! News that Hickerson, 30, was detained at a Los Angeles residence and booked on suspicion of felony domestic violence. Hickerson was arrested around 2:25 a.m. and spent the night behind bars before posting a $50,000 bond the next afternoon, jail records show. Police did not identify Panettiere or anyone else as the victim.

TMZ quoted sources close to the situation as saying that Hickerson and Panettiere, 29, had gone out drinking in Hollywood on Wednesday night and then returned home, after which they had an argument that turned physical. Police were called and interviewed the couple, then arrested Hickerson. The sources told TMZ that they noticed redness and marks on the Nashville actress' body.

It was revealed last August that Panettiere and husband and pro boxer Wladimir Klitschko had split after nine years together. The two share a 4-year-old daughter, Kaya.

Also that month, a source told E! News that the actress was dating Hickerson, a South Carolina native who had moved to Los Angeles "to do real estate and acting," according to a source. The two had "hit it off" after meeting through mutual friends, the source had said.

—Reporting by Amanda Williams

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