Hayden Panettiere’s ex-boyfriend Brian Hickerson is going to prison.
The 31-year-old was sentenced to 45-days in county jail, following several domestic violence allegations against the Heroes actress.
As reported by ET, Hickerson pleaded no contest to two felony counts of injuring a spouse or girlfriend. He’ll be placed on probation for four years with a five-year protective order, and will have to attend 52 domestic violence classes and pay US$500 (approx. $650) in restitution.
He will begin serving his sentence on May 7.
Hickerson was first arrested in May 2019, following an argument with Panettiere which left her with “redness and marks” all over her body but was released on bail.
He was arrested again in February 2020 after another fight with the 31-year-old for alleged domestic battery, when he was accused of punching Panettiere in the face. He pleaded not guilty.
Hickerson was arrested again in July 2020, facing eight charges of alleged domestic violence and assault. He pleaded not guilty.
The Nashville actress was granted a restraining order against him at the time.
The couple had been dating since August 2018, following the split from her former fiancé Wladimir Klitschko, with whom she shares her daughter, six-year-old Kaya.
Panettiere addressed the alleged abuse in a statement she shared to social media.
“I am coming forward with the truth about what happened to me with the hope that my story will empower others in abusive relationships to get the help they need and deserve,” she said.
“I am prepared to do my part to make sure this man never hurts anyone again. I’m grateful for my support system, which helped me find the courage to regain my voice and my life.”
Her attorney Alan Jackson also issued a statement to People, saying the actress was taking the steps to “get her life back.”
“After suffering for years as the victim of psychological, emotional and severe physical abuse, Hayden Panettiere has begun the process of taking back her life. Hayden has found the strength and courage to share the truth about her abuse and her abuser, and she intends to assist the prosecution to see that justice is served,” he said.
“As a survivor, she recognizes that her arduous journey of healing has just begun.”
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