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Hayden Panettiere’s ex Brian Hickerson facing new charge in domestic violence case in Wyoming

More legal troubles appear to be brewing for Hayden Panettiere’s ex-boyfriend Brian Hickerson in connection to his domestic violence case in Wyoming.

The aspiring actor, 31, is now charged with influencing or intimidating a witness in Teton County, and an arrest warrant has been issued in all 50 states as of August 10, according to a report in . 

Just last month In Los Angeles County, Hickerson pleaded not guilty to the multiple felony charges stemming from allegedly abusive incidents against Panettiere.

In the case in Wyoming, Hickerson was arrested on February 14, Valentine’s Day, during an investigation into a disturbance call at a residence in Jackson.

According to court documents obtained by, Hickerson allegedly punched Panettiere ‘with a closed fist on the right side of her face.’

He was charged with domestic battery and interfering with a police officer after he allegedly refused to identify himself. 

Hickerson reportedly pleaded not guilty in April and a jury trial was scheduled for September.

Hickerson also pleaded not guilty in July to the eight counts he’s facing in Los Angeles, stemming from alleged domestic violence incidents that occurred between May 2019 and June 2020.  

The felony complaint includes four counts of injuring a spouse, one count of battery, two counts of assault with a deadly weapon and one count of dissuading a witness from prosecuting a crime.   

A pretrial conference is scheduled for Monday, August 17, and will take place via teleconference due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.            

The actress was granted an out-of-state protective order against her Hickerson in July to ensure her safety in California after previously obtaining the restraining order elsewhere.

Panettiere, 30, took to social media in mid-July to address the abuse allegations and to urge others in similar situations to reach out and get support.

‘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 wrote 

‘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.’  

Panettiere and Hickerson started dating in 2018 following her split from longtime partner and retired boxer, Wladimir Klitschko. The former couple share a daughter, Kaya, five, who lives with the former heavyweight champion in Ukraine.     

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