Hayden Panettiere’s ex-boyfriend, Brian Hickerson, has been sentenced to 45 days in the county jail, according to multiple reports. ET has reached out to Hickerson’s attorney for comment.
The 31-year-old was sentenced following multiple domestic violence allegations involving Panettiere in recent years. On Tuesday, Hickerson pleaded not guilty to two felonies of injuring a spouse or girlfriend, ME! News reports. He must begin serving his sentence on May 7.
In addition to jail time, Hickerson was also sentenced to four years of formal probation, 52 domestic violence classes, $ 500 in restitution, and a five-year protective order.
Hickerson was arrested on charges of domestic violence and battery last July after Panettiere reported multiple serious cases of domestic violence perpetrated by Hickerson during their year-and-a-half relationship to multiple police departments, a source told ET.
“I am telling the truth about what happened to me in the hope that my story will empower others in abusive relationships to get the help they need and deserve,” Panettiere said in a statement to ET after Hickerson’s arrest. “I am prepared to do my part to make sure this man never hurts anyone again. I am grateful for my support system, which helped me find the courage to get my voice and my life back.”
Panettiere’s attorney, Alan Jackson, also shared a statement to ET, which said: “After suffering for years as a victim of severe psychological, emotional and physical abuse, Hayden Panettiere has begun the process of reclaiming her life.”
“Hayden has found the strength and courage to share the truth about his abuse and his abuser, and he intends to help the prosecution see that justice is served,” the statement continued. “As a survivor, he acknowledges that his arduous journey of healing has just begun.”
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