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Hayden Panettiere Is Speaking Out About Her Domestic Abuse Experience Following Ex's Arrest

Hayden Panettiere Is Speaking Out About Her Domestic Abuse Experience Following Ex's Arrest
July 20, 2020 - 17:56 / Amanda Stanford

Hayden Panettiere is coming forward about living through domestic abuse and is sharing her experience in hopes to inspire others suffering that they can leave and get help. The actress opens up about the devastating relationship following her ex's arrest.

After a lengthy court battle and various arrests, Hayden Panettiere's ex, Brian Hickerson, has finally been charged with domestic abuse, and Panettiere has been granted a restraining order.

E! News confirmed Hickerson was arrested for various charges on Thursday, with bail set to 320,000$. He was charged on eight-count felony, alleging domestic assault, and has been sent to jail.

Hayden Panettiere breaks her silence

A source close to the couple shared that Panettiere had called the cops on Hickerson many times during their year-and-a-half relationship for "extreme domestic violence".

Hayden Panettiere arrives at the Buffalo David Bitton red carpet at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards.

Now, Panettiere is coming out with her side of the story and opened up to Good Morning America about her experience as a victim.

"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 started her statement.

"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," she continued.

The actress's attorney also added that for years, the Nashville star was subjected to psychological, emotional, and severe domestic abuse.

"Hayden has found the strength and courage to share the truth about her abuse and her abuser," he said in a statement. "As a survivor, she recognizes that her arduous journey of healing has just begun."

If you or someone you know is suffering from domestic violence, you can visit here for the toll-free number to get help in North America, here for the UK, or here for AUS.