Hayden Panettiere is seen again with ‘abusive’ on-off boyfriend Brian Hickerson as they grab dinner


Hayden Panettiere once again spent time with her allegedly abusive on-and-off boyfriend Brian Hickerson during a Tuesday night outing.

The 32-year-old Nashville star was spotted with Hickerson, who was convicted of assaulting her, as they dined at the upscale Italian restaurant Dan Tana’s in West Hollywood.

Joining the former couple was actor Ken Davitian, who played a major supporting role in 2006’s hit comedy Borat.

Catching up: Hayden Panettiere, 32, once again spent time with her on–off partner Brian Hickerson, who was convicted of assaulting her, on Tuesday night

Grabbing a bite: The Heroes star was seen dining with her ex, whom her lawyer has called an 'abuser,' at Dan Tana's in West Hollywood. They were joined by actor Ken Davitian

Grabbing a bite: The Heroes star was seen dining with her ex, whom her lawyer has called an ‘abuser,’ at Dan Tana’s in West Hollywood. They were joined by actor Ken Davitian

Hayden looked casual in a thick green cardigan over a beige crop top with distressed jeans that were rolled up above her ankles.

She had her hair styled in several short pigtails and wore black, white and gold Air Jordans.

Brian looked relaxed in a plain white T-shirt with a white baseball cap and acid wash jeans tucked into his white trainers.

After they had finished their meal, the former couple stopped outside the restaurant to chat with Davitian and a blond woman in all black.

Taking it easy: Hayden looked casual in a thick green cardigan over a beige crop top with distressed jeans that were rolled up above her ankles

Taking it easy: Hayden looked casual in a thick green cardigan over a beige crop top with distressed jeans that were rolled up above her ankles

Low key: She had her hair styled in several short pigtails and wore black, white and gold Air Jordans

Low key: She had her hair styled in several short pigtails and wore black, white and gold Air Jordans

Winding down: After they had finished their meal, the former couple stopped outside the restaurant to chat with Davitian and a blond woman in all black

Winding down: After they had finished their meal, the former couple stopped outside the restaurant to chat with Davitian and a blond woman in all black

Complementary styles: Brian looked relaxed in a plain white T-shirt with a white baseball cap and acid wash jeans tucked into his white trainers

Complementary styles: Brian looked relaxed in a plain white T-shirt with a white baseball cap and acid wash jeans tucked into his white trainers

Although they appeared friendly enough outside the restaurant, Panettiere and Hickerson went separate ways as they left.

She was seen getting into another person’s car and driving away, but Brian appeared to take a walk for a while.

Their dinner outing was the latest of several recent meet-ups for the exes.

They were most recently seen out together on Friday night with The Hills: New Beginnings star Caroline D’Amore, though Hayden and Brian arrived separately.

Splitting: Although they appeared friendly enough outside the restaurant, Panettiere and Hickerson went separate ways as they left

Driving off: She was seen getting into another person's car and driving away, but Brian appeared to take a walk for a while

Although they appeared friendly enough outside the restaurant, Panettiere and Hickerson went separate ways as they left. She was seen getting into another person’s car and driving away, but Brian appeared to take a walk for a while

It's a pattern: They were most recently seen out together on Friday night with The Hills: New Beginnings star Caroline D'Amore, though Hayden and Brian arrived separately

It’s a pattern: They were most recently seen out together on Friday night with The Hills: New Beginnings star Caroline D’Amore, though Hayden and Brian arrived separately

In July, they were spotted together at a bar in Los Angeles, which Hickerson tried to explain in a statement to E! News.

‘To clarify, I was enjoying a Miller ‘Latte’ [slang for Miller Lite], and Hayden was not drinking,’ he said. ‘We went to a new restaurant that is Texas-based, and being a Southern guy, I’m a big fan of country music. So yes, there was some line dancing involved. Hayden and I are not back together but are working on a friendship.’

He added that the meeting was part of his attempts to ‘make amends’ after he went to jail for pleading guilty to two counts of injuring a spouse or girlfriend earlier this year. 

Apologies: In July, Hickerson told E! News that they met up at a bar for him to apologize to her. 'We have a long history together, and the first step in my recovery as an abuser is making amends,' he explained

Apologies: In July, Hickerson told E! News that they met up at a bar for him to apologize to her. ‘We have a long history together, and the first step in my recovery as an abuser is making amends,’ he explained

‘We have a long history together, and the first step in my recovery as an abuser is making amends,’ he explained. ‘That’s exactly what Hayden has been gracious enough to allow me to do.’  

Another source close to Hayden claimed she was focused on staying sober and on strengthening her relationship with her six-year-old daughter Kaya, whom she shares with the boxer Wladimir Klitschko.

‘Hayden is open to forgiving Brian and starting a new chapter, despite her loved ones concerns,’ the insider said. ‘Hayden has a huge heart and wants to see the best in everyone.’ 

In May, Hickerson began his 45-day sentence at a Los Angeles County jail, though it only amounted to 12 days after he copped a plea deal.

The couple’s Valentine’s Day celebrations in 2020 turned into a nightmare after he was arrested for allegedly punching Panettiere ‘with a closed fist on the right side of her face’ while they were arguing.  

'Hayden is open to forgiving Brian and starting a new chapter, despite her loved ones concerns,' an insider claimed, though they said she was focused on her sobriety and daughter

‘Hayden is open to forgiving Brian and starting a new chapter, despite her loved ones concerns,’ an insider claimed, though they said she was focused on her sobriety and daughter

Short stint: In May, Hickerson began a 45-day sentence at a Los Angeles County jail, though it only amounted to 12 days after he copped a plea deal

Short stint: In May, Hickerson began a 45-day sentence at a Los Angeles County jail, though it only amounted to 12 days after he copped a plea deal

In July 2020, Hayden lawyer, Alan Jackson, described her ex as an ‘abuser’ in a statement to TMZ.

‘After suffering for years as the victim of psychological, emotional and severe physical abuse, Hayden Panettiere has begun the process of taking back her life,’ he told the publication. 

‘Hayden has found the strength and courage to share the truth about her abuse and her abuser, and she intends to assist the prosecution to see that justice is served. As a survivor, she recognizes that her arduous journey of healing has just begun.’

Hickerson initially pleaded not guilty in July 2020 to four felony counts of injuring a spouse, cohabitant, fiancé, boyfriend, girlfriend or child’s parent, along with one misdemeanor count of battery, two felony counts of assault with a deadly weapon, and one felony count of dissuading a witness from prosecuting a crime, all stemming from incidents alleged to have taken place between May 2019 to June 2020.   

He eventually changed his plea to no contest for two felony counts of injuring a spouse or girlfriend in April, according to a spokesperson for the LA District Attorney’s Office, as reported by USA Today.  

In addition to his 45-day sentence, he was required to pay a $500 restitution fee, attend 52 domestic violence classes and received a five year restraining order as well, per E!.

Legal drama: Hickerson was arrested last year for allegedly punching Panettiere 'with a closed fist on the right side of her face' on Valentines Day. He later pleaded no contest to two felony counts

Legal drama: Hickerson was arrested last year for allegedly punching Panettiere ‘with a closed fist on the right side of her face’ on Valentines Day. He later pleaded no contest to two felony counts

It’s unclear whether the restraining order has been in effect amid the former couple’s recent meetings.

After Hickerson pleaded not guilty in July of last year, Panettiere addressed the allegations on social media, urging others in abusive situations to reach out for 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 at the time.

‘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.’



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