Hayden Panettiere's Boyfriend Brian Hickerson Arrested for Domestic Battery

Hayden Panettiere's boyfriend Brian Hickerson was arrested for domestic battery in Wyoming on February 14.

By Elyse Dupre Feb 18, 2020 7:34 PMTags
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Hayden Panettiere's boyfriend, Brian Hickerson, spent part of Valentine's Day behind bars. 

The Teton County Sheriff's public information officer told E! News Hickerson was arrested in the early morning of Feb. 14 and was booked in Wyoming for alleged domestic battery. TMZ was first to identify Panettiere as the alleged victim in the incident. 

According to documents obtained by E! News, which do not identify Panettiere, authorities state that the couple got into a fight and Hickerson hit the woman "with a closed fist on the right side of her face."

The Teton County Sheriff's Office was notified of a disturbance at a Jackson home around 1:50 a.m., the documents state. The caller told the police an intoxicated man was locked out of the private residence because he had punched his girlfriend in the face.

Hickerson was in the driveway upon the deputies' arrival and claimed Panettiere was in the house "saying he beat the f--k out of me." Hickerson avoided answering questions about whether he punched the 30-year-old actress. However, Hickerson claimed he hired a private chef to be there so he "wouldn't be accused of bulls--t."

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The documents also state that police talked to the chef on the phone and were allegedly told he left after 1:00 AM. Although, per the documents, he claimed he saw the couple arguing earlier in the evening.

Teton County Sheriff

The Nashville star told police she had been in the bedroom with Hickerson when he, "started throwing her around and punched her." The documents state that Panettiere's face was red and swollen and that she had a scrape and swelling on her left hand.

We've also confirmed that Hickerson was released from jail on a $5,000 bond later that day. He is due back in court next month. 

This wasn't the first time Hickerson had been arrested. In 2019, a judge ordered Hickerson to stay away from Panettiere following his arrest for domestic violence. Hickerson pleaded not guilty to his charge of felony domestic violence. The case was later dismissed.

Panettiere and Hickerson have been dating since 2018.

E! News reached out to Panettiere's rep and Hickerson's attorney for comment but did not receive an immediate response.