Hayden Panettiere's former partner pleads not guilty to assault charges

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American TV star Hayden Panettiere’s former boyfriend Brian Hickerson pleaded not guilty to eight charges of domestic abuse, witness intimidation and assault.

The 31-year-old was accused of domestic abuse by the Heroes actor who recently received a restraining order against him in California and came forth detailing her account of being a survivor of abuse.

“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,” she said on Instagram recently.

According to a spokesperson for the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office, Hickerson, 31, has been ordered to present himself before the court once again on July 30.

Earlier, the Nashville star filed to register an out-of-state restraining order for her current place of residence in California.

The documents obtained by E! News revealed that the order has been granted following Brian’s arrest back in February in Wyoming for domestic battery where he was also accused of punching Hayden in the face, as TMZ had reported back then.

He had allegedly struck Hayden during one of their fights, “with a closed fist on the right side of her face.”

As per the docs, Brian was found by authorities in the driveway where he had reportedly informed them that Hayden was inside the house saying “he beat the [expletive] out of me.”

While Brian refused to admit or deny the allegations of abuse.

The entertainment portal further reported that Hayden had told the police that Brian threw her across the room and punched her.

According to authorities, the actor’s face was swollen and red with a scrape on her left hand.

Brian has also been charged for interfering with the police as he refused to identify himself.

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