Nicholas Brendon, Xander on Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Drunken Mess Hall of Famer, must be a very crafty guy. Why else would be be racking up the mug shots if not to make an introspective Pinterest collage to wallpaper his bathroom with. TMZ reports that Nicholas has been arrested for the “oh shit we’ve lost countyith” time for going caveman on his girlfriend the Saguaro hotel in Palm Springs, CA.
Yes, Nicholas Brendon, aka Xander from Buffy, got arrested again, but this time it wasn’t for being a drunk mess at a Comic-Con. It’s actually for something a lot more sad. According to People, Nicholas Brendon was arrested on Wednesday night in Saratoga Springs, New York for choking out his girlfriend. Giles, drop whatever dusty book you’re reading and come get Xander.
Saratoga Springs police say they got a call around 11:30pm on Wednesday night about a domestic at a motel. When they arrived, they found a 33-year-old woman who said Nicholas got into it with her shortly after she tried to drop off some of his shit. She claims that when she tried to leave, Xander grabbed her car keys and smashed her phone. Then he got all ragey and allegedly started choking her before fleeing the scene. People says he was found a few blocks away and was arrested. UsWeekly adds that police told them “alcohol was involved” in the incident.
Nicholas Brendon has been charged with two counts of criminal mischief, one count of obstruction of breathing (which is the fancy law way of saying choking someone, I guess), and robbery in the third degree.
In case you’re keeping a tally, this is Nicholas Brendon’s fourth arrest in the past 12 months. The last time we heard from him, he had checked himself into rehab and was asking TV doctors to help him battle his demons. But as any of you who watch Dr. Phil know (not that that’s something you’d admit to, I know), Nicholas recently slapped at one of the hands trying to help him out by walking off a recent episode. So…he’s in a pretty shitty place. Once again, Giles – please come get Xander. Or anyone, really. At this point, I’d be ok with Dawn. Dawn, make yourself useful and come get Xander.
I think everybody can relate to the koala on the left after reading that headline. That’s a real “I…don’t know if this is such a good idea” face.
Last month, Nicholas Brendon made a really good decision when he took a break from the Comic-Con hotel-trashing circuit and checked himself into rehab to battle his addiction and depression. Now it looks like he’s decided to counter-balance that good decision with a not-so-good one by asking Dr. Drew for help. Apparently recovery is getting expensive, and Xander is looking for some wallet-friendly options. Like the kind of options that come with an appearance fee. He’s also open to Dr. Phil if Dr. Drew isn’t available.
— Nicholas Brendon (@NicholasBrendon) July 4, 2015
— Nicholas Brendon (@NicholasBrendon) July 5, 2015
The only doctor missing from that list is Dr. Nick from The Simpsons. Or maybe he was included in the first draft of that tweet, but demanded Nicholas Brendon remove his name because he doesn’t want to be associated with that sleazy quack Dr. Phil.
Shortly after Nicholas asked Dr. Drew and Dr. Phil for help, he tweeted that he had found a dual-diagnosis facility and was heading back into recovery. Okay, I think it’s pretty obvious what happened here. Nicholas Brendon needed a new recovery center, but he didn’t have the cash, so he publicly reached out to noted fame whores Dr. Drew and Dr. Phil. Every addiction specialist in the country knows you’d have to be truly desperate for help to contact noted fame whores Dr. Drew and Dr. Phil, so they reached out to Nicholas and offered him their services. Very smart, Xander.
After getting arrested three times in the past eight months for getting drunk and making a mess of his hotel room during three different Comic-Cons (two of which were in Florida, so I’m sure the hotels already had some kind of insurance for that in place), Nicholas Brendon – aka Xander from Buffy – has checked himself into rehab.
According to a statement released by his rep on his Facebook page (via People), Xander has entered a treatment center in California to deal with alcohol abuse, substance abuse, and depression. Nicholas’ rep says that ever since he got arrested at the Tree City Comic-Con in Idaho last October, he did some therapy and outpatient stuff, but none of it worked, so he’s doing rehab for the next couple of months.
He also plans on returning to the Comic-Con circuit late in the summer if he successfully completes his treatment program. With that being said, this might be the first time in a long time that Comic-Con organizers have heard the words “Nicholas Brendon to return to the Comic-Con circuit” and haven’t nervously started worrying about their damage deposits.
I think we can all agree that drugs, booze, and depression is a pretty heavy triad of life troubles, so I’m glad Xander is finally sorting his stuff out in rehab. And I know Nicholas Brendon loves that Comic-Con circuit, but he needs to know it will still be waiting for him when he gets out. So don’t rush rehab, Nicholas; there will always be nerds who want an autographed picture of that guy from Buffy who isn’t Giles or Spike or Angel.
Okay, I think it might be time for Giles and the rest of the Scooby Gang to book a hotel room and call up the Sunnydale equivalent of Candy Finnigan, because this is getting sad. Less than a month after he was arrested for being a drunk mess at a hotel in Ft. Lauderdale during the Shock Pop Comic-Con, and less than five months after he was arrested for being a drunk mess at a hotel in Idaho during the Tree City Comic-Con, TMZ says Nicholas Brendon aka Xander from Buffy was arrested for being a drunk mess at a hotel in Tallahassee during a thing called ALT*Con on Friday night. Call me crazy, but I think I see a pattern here.
Sources tell TMZ that police were called to a hotel in Tallahassee, FL last night after Nicholas Brendon got next-level drunk, wrecked his hotel room, smashed a mirror, then walked down to the lobby barefoot with a bloody hand and tried to bum a smoke off someone. That’s when police arrested him for criminal mischief and gave him another picture for his mugshot collection.
It doesn’t take a genius to realize that putting Nicholas Brendon in a hotel room with a bunch of booze during a comic-con weekend spells trouble and/or a trip to jail, so maybe organizers of future comic-cons might want to think about a strategy to prevent this mess. Like letting him Skype in from home from now on? Or at least start taking the mirrors out of his hotel room.
Pic: Leon County Sheriff
If this isn’t a Willow Take The Wheel moment, then I don’t know what is. Four months after he was arrested for being a drunk dish-smashing mess at a hotel during a Comic Con in Idaho, TMZ says Nicholas Brendon was arrested for being a drunk room-trashing mess at a hotel during a Comic Con in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Uh…at least he’s consistent?
According to TMZ, the police were called after Nicholas Brendon got next-level drunk at a Hilton in Ft. Lauderdale, proceeded to do $450 worth of damage to his room and skip out on a bill for $350 worth of food and drink charges before falling asleep in a hotel employee’s office. When the cops woke him up, he refused to pay for the damage or the food, so they charged him with felony grand theft.
And the Hilton wasn’t the only bridge Xander from Buffy burned; he also took a swipe at the Shock Pop Comic Con on Twitter (which was later deleted) by saying: “Hey Twatters! I’m stuck in Ft Lauderdale w/no per diem. No hotel. No ride to the airport. Thanks @Shockpopcc“. And as if that wasn’t enough dramatic life drama, TMZ says that days before he was arrested, Nicholas Brendon had quit his wife of 4 months. As for how Xander is doing now, his rep tells TMZ:
“Nicholas is, unfortunately, battling a disease that many of us don’t understand. We are working with him to improve upon the situation at hand and look toward the future. He’s sorry for his actions and takes what happened last night very seriously. We will take great care to ensure his safety in the future.”
I’m thinking maybe part of that ‘great care to ensure his safety in the future’ should probably include not letting him go to Comic Con anymore, because apparently nothing good happens to Nicholas Brendon at Comic Con.
Pic: Broward County Sheriff