It turns out Hayden Panettiere’s relationship with boyfriend Brian Hickerson was more troubled than anybody thought.
New court documents reveal that Brian — who’s facing felony charges after being arrested for domestic violence in May — physically attacked the Nashville star, 29, three times in two days. “It wasn’t enough for him to cause her nose to bleed by hitting her with an open palm,” said the judge as he described the series of attacks at Brian’s court hearing on July 10. “He followed her into the bedroom and was the aggressor again, causing that severe swelling and bruising on the cheek and marks on her neck.” If convicted, Brian could face a maximum of four years in state prison, Star has learned. “Brian’s no good for her,” says a pal. “Hayden needs to get rid of him — for good.”