American actress, model, and singer Hayden Panettiere shared her bad experience with her ex-boyfriend Brian Hickerson after he was arrested on 16th July and charged with corporal injury on a spouse/cohabitant.
The Golden Globe Award-nominated Panettiere had reported Hickerson to police multiple times during the relationship due to domestic abuse. However, he was released on bail every time. On this issue, Panettiere’s attorney said that she has been suffering from “psychological, emotional, and severe physical abuse” for years.
According to news released by People, Hickerson is being held in jail on a $320,000 bail for alleged domestic violence against Panettiere.
Regarding the news, the ‘Heroes’ actress posted a written statement through her social media channels and wrote as follows:
“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. 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.”
Along with the post, the actress added the following note, and encourage people to call for help in case they need:
“For anyone else affected by abuse and needing support, please know that you can call 1-800-799-7233. If you’re unable to speak safely, you can log onto http://thehotline.org or text LOVEIS to 1-866-331-9474. You are not alone.”
See below to view the mentioned Instagram post.
For anyone else affected by abuse and needing support, please know that you can call 1-800-799-7233. If you’re unable to speak safely, you can log onto https://t.co/4srbDBguNm or text LOVEIS to 1-866-331-9474. You are not alone. pic.twitter.com/R3VNHXonrL
— Hayden Panettiere (@haydenpanettier) July 17, 2020