Any friends who were crossing their fingers and hoping that a possible four-year prison sentence might put some distance between Hayden Panettiere and her no-good boyfriend Brian Hickerson are sadly out of luck at the moment. Radar Online is saying that Brian’s domestic violence case has been dismissed earlier today in a Los Angeles court.
When Hayden moved on from Wladimir Klitschko to actor/real estate agent Brian Hickerson, it was reported she was present during a messy, drunken fight between Brian and his dad at the family home in South Carolina. It was then reported that Hayden allegedly didn’t have much contact with her 4-year-old daughter Kaya. Worse still, in May Brian was arrested for allegedly putting hands on Hayden at their home.
Brian was charged and was facing up to 4 years in prison. His lawyer tried to get the case dropped by arguing that Hayden and Brian were “grappling” with each other, aka they were engaging in mutual combat. At the time, the judge didn’t think that was a valid reason to dismiss the case. According to Radar, the judge declared the case officially done today because the prosecution couldn’t get a witness. Now is not the time for a “can I get a witness” joke. Because the prosecution couldn’t get the one witness they really needed, which was Hayden herself.
Brian and his lawyer, Shawn Holley (wow that takes me back) appeared in court yesterday, and said they were ready to go to trial. Today, prosecutors reportedly announced they were requesting dismissal.
According to a source, the case was dismissed because the prosecution did not have witnesses, likely meaning Panettiere refused to cooperate with prosecutors about the alleged beatings.
Holley declined to comment to Radar following the dismissal, but the eyewitness said Hickerson let out “a huge sigh of relief” as he left the courtroom on Thursday.
Radar says that Hayden’s family was having trouble getting in contact with her, which means that there’s a chance she refused to participate by going AWOL for a bit.
This also means that the restraining order that was issued on May 23rd to keep Brian away from Hayden is done too. So now if Hayden wants to walk down the street holding the hand of a Hickerson, she’s free to do it with Brian, if she so chooses. Or if he wants to buy some “cool shit,” he can go straight for her wallet and pull out a credit card, rather than wracking his brain and seeing if he correctly memorized the number.
Even though the case has been dismissed, Hayden’s family is reportedly still holding out hope that Brian will be bought to justice and that would involve Hayden being subpoenaed:
“If they subpoena her, they’d reopen the case,” said the source, adding prosecutors will continue to look for her. According to court records obtained by Radar, at this time there are no plans to refile the case. Right now, the family is said to be “disappointed” in the criminal justice system.
“It is not on Brian’s own good behavior that this got dismissed. It doesn’t change who is and what he has done. He is a criminal. It doesn’t shed a good light on Hayden. It’s a bad choice to avoid the summons and not follow through.”
The source adds that it’s not the end of the journey for Hayden and Brian. I’m starting to think that it probably should be? As in, let’s try to see if we can’t convince Hayden that there are other less-awful fish in the sea. At the very least, maybe someone can take Hayden to a bar and show her that there are plenty of bros named Brian who like to pound beers and don’t start hitting people immediately after.