Hayden Panettiere’s boyfriend has been arrested again on suspicion of punching the actress in a Valentine’s Day (14Feb20) bust-up.
Police were called to investigate a domestic disturbance at a private residence in Jackson, Wyoming in the early hours of Friday, after receiving a tip off about an intoxicated male who had been locked out of the property after punching his girlfriend in the face.
According to documents obtained by TMZ, when cops arrived, they found Brian Hickerson in the driveway, where the real estate agent accused Panettiere of claiming he had “beat the f**k” out of her.
Hickerson apparently avoided giving a direct answer when asked if he had assaulted the former Nashville star, who told officers he began lashing out at her while they were in the bedroom.
In the police report, authorities note Panettiere’s face was red and swollen, while her left hand was also scraped and swollen – injuries believed to have been caused by Hickerson’s watch, during his alleged attack.
He was taken into custody and booked for domestic battery and interfering with a police officer after reportedly refusing to identify himself.
Panettiere has yet to comment on the drama, which went down less than a year after Hickerson was arrested for domestic violence following a heated argument between the pair at her Los Angeles home in May, 2019.
He pleaded not guilty to the counts and the charges were later dropped by prosecutors due to a lack of witnesses.
In November (19), Panettiere defended their relationship, insisting the much-publicized confrontation was never physical, telling TMZ, “Everything was totally OK.”
Hickerson had also previously been involved in a physical altercation with his father during the couple’s visit to his native South Carolina in late 2018.
Panettiere and Hickerson were first linked in August, 2018, shortly after the 30 year old split from her fiance, former boxing champ Wladimir Klitschko – the father of her five-year-old daughter, Kaya.