Within the wake of Hayden Panettiere‘s allegedly abusive relationship with Brian Hickerson, the actress was noticed holding palms along with his brother, Zach, on a stroll in New York Metropolis.
In images obtained by In Contact Weekly, the Nashville alumna, 30, smiled as she gripped palms with Zach on Sept. 4.
“Hayden and Zach are pals and have been for some time,” a supply tells PEOPLE. The supply additionally confirms that Panettiere and Hickerson broke up and haven’t communicated since a choose issued a protecting order in opposition to him in Might.
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A rep for Panettiere didn’t reply to PEOPLE’s request for remark.
Panettiere and Hickerson started courting after experiences circulated that she and then-fiancé Wladimir Klitschko had cut up in August 2018. Klitschko, 43, and Panettiere share daughter, Kaya, 4, who lives in Ukraine together with her father.
Whereas the connection between Panettiere and Hickerson started as a fling, it was rapidly questioned by these near the Heroes alumna, particularly after the couple was reportedly concerned in a drunken altercation with Hickerson’s father, prompting a go to from police. And in Might, Hickerson was arrested on a home violence cost and launched on bail.
Brian Hickerson and Hayden Panettiere | Eric Charbonneau/REX/Shutterstock
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Based on the felony criticism obtained by PEOPLE, prosecutors allege Hickerson “willfully inflicted corporal damage leading to a traumatic situation upon Hayden P.”
Hickerson was charged with one rely of felony home violence on Might 23 and pleaded not responsible to the cost, a spokesperson for the L.A. County District Legal professional’s Workplace confirmed to PEOPLE on the time.
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In July, in line with RadarOnline, Hickerson appeared in courtroom as a Los Angeles superior choose listened to testimony from the police officer who responded to the home violence name on Might 2. In the course of the listening to, the choose denied the movement to dismiss felony costs in opposition to Hickerson and declined to contemplate a lesser misdemeanor cost.
Panettiere’s household solely informed PEOPLE, “We’re hopeful that the choose makes the proper determination. It’s an necessary message when it comes to home violence for all girls.”
If convicted, Hickerson faces as much as 4 years in jail.
In case you suspect home violence, name the Nationwide Home Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233, or go to thehotline.org. All calls are toll-free and confidential. The hotline is accessible 24/7 in additional than 170 languages.
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