Hayden Panettiere’s ex-boyfriend Brian Hickerson may very well be severe jail time after being charged with several counts of home violence and assault.
The South Carolina native, 31, was charged with eight counts — seven felonies and one misdemeanor — on Thursday, July 16, in response to court docket paperwork obtained solely by Us Weekly on Friday, July 17.
“If convicted on all expenses, Hickerson faces the most jail sentence of 10 years and eight months,” Los Angeles County District Legal professional’s workplace spokesman Greg Risling, advised Us.
Brian Hickerson and Hayden Panettiere Eric Charbonneau/Shutterstock
The first felony rely upon is for injuring Panettiere on an incident that allegedly occurred around Might 2019. The second relies on occurred practically six months later in December 2020, a misdemeanor battery.
His third and fourth felony counts are once more for injuring his then-girlfriend, allegedly dedicated in December 2019 and January 2020.
Counts 5, six, and 7 are all linked to an alleged incident in January 2020; the primary two are for “felony assault with a lethal weapon” and the third for felony injuring Panettiere. “Storage flooring” is listed as one lethal weapon used, whereas the different lists “stairs.”
His last rely is for “felony dissuading a witness from prosecuting a criminal offense” in June 2020.
In keeping with the paperwork, prosecutors alleged that Hickerson unlawfully tried to “stop and dissuade Hayden P., a sufferer and witness of a criminal offense from inflicting a grievance, indictment, data, probation and parole violation to be sought and prosecuted and aiding within the prosecution thereof.”
Hickerson, who dated Panettiere from August 2018 to February 2020, was arraigned on Friday afternoon at a Los Angeles court docket in response to Risling. Hickerson pleads not responsible for the fees and stays at an L.A. County jail as of Friday afternoon, after being arrested by the LAPD at 9 p.m. P.T., on Thursday.
His bail is about at $320,000, and he’s scheduled again in court docket for a preliminary listening to later the month.
The fees in opposition to Hickerson come after the Heroes alum spoke out on Friday regarding the alleged violence she confronted, whereas relationship Hickerson.
“I’m coming ahead with the reality about what occurred to me with the hope that my story will empower others in abusive relationships to get the assistance they want and deserve,” the actress advised Us in a press release. “I’m ready to do my half to verify this man by no means hurts anybody once more. I’m grateful for my assist system, which helped me discover the braveness to regain my voice and my life.”
Earlier within the week, the Nashville alum filed for an out-of-state protecting order in opposition to her ex in her dwelling state of California. She beforehand obtained the order elsewhere after Hickerson was arrested in Wyoming in February for allegedly punching Panettiere within the face.