Hayden Panettiere has broken her silence on the alleged abuse she suffered at the hands of her ex-boyfriend, Brian Hickerson.
The former “Nashville” star, 30, released a statement on social media saying she’s coming forward with the hope that she can help others who find themselves in similar situations.
“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 on Instagram. “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.”
In the caption, she added, “You are not alone,” along with phone numbers to domestic abuse hotlines.
Panettiere’s statement comes after Hickerson, 31, was arrested on Thursday at 9:00 p.m. local time in Los Angeles on felony charges, Page Six confirmed. His bail has been set at $320,0000.
Earlier this week, Page Six also confirmed that Panettiere obtained an out-of-state restraining order to protect her from Hickerson. Her request was filed five months after Hickerson was arrested for domestic battery after allegedly assaulting her on Valentine’s Day in Wyoming.
“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,” Panettiere’s attorney, Alan Jackson, told Page Six in a statement on Friday.
“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.”
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