After a lengthy court battle and various arrests, Hayden Panettiere's ex, Brian Hickerson, has finally been charged with domestic abuse, and Panettiere has been granted a restraining order.
E! News confirmed Hickerson was arrested for various charges on Thursday, with bail set to 320,000$. He was charged on eight-count felony, alleging domestic assault, and has been sent to jail.
Hayden Panettiere breaks her silence
A source close to the couple shared that Panettiere had called the cops on Hickerson many times during their year-and-a-half relationship for "extreme domestic violence".
Now, Panettiere is coming out with her side of the story and opened up to Good Morning America about her experience as a victim.
"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 started her statement.
"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 continued.
The actress's attorney also added that for years, the Nashville star was subjected to psychological, emotional, and severe domestic abuse.
"Hayden has found the strength and courage to share the truth about her abuse and her abuser," he said in a statement. "As a survivor, she recognizes that her arduous journey of healing has just begun."