Hayden Panettiere showed off her toned frame as she posed for a steamy beach shoot in Malibu recently as the star makes her career comeback – amid her reunion with convicted felon boyfriend Brian Hickerson.
The Scream VI actress, 33, – who was seen reuniting with Hickerson at the end of last year – exuded confidence in a white string bikini and high-waisted bottoms, which revealed her cleavage and toned legs as she posed.
The star wore her tresses in soft waves and sported a radiant palette of make-up as she smiled for the camera.
Shoot: Hayden Panettiere showed off her toned frame as she posed for a steamy beach shoot in Malibu recently as the star makes her career comeback – amid her reunion with convicted felon boyfriend Brian Hickerson
She layered up in a cream crochet cardigan for the beach photoshoot,
The star then showed off her curves in a taupe one-piece, striking a sizzling pose with her arms above her head as she leaned against a rocky outcrop.
The Heroes actress then flashed her midriff in a striped crop-top teamed with high-waisted black underwear as she struck some playful poses on the golden sands.
Sighting: Panettiere is seen with ex Hickerson in November at LAX – eight months after the pair were involved in a wild bar brawl where he allegedly ‘spat on’ patrons
Brawl: Panettiere and Hickerson made headlines for getting into a wild brawl with a group of revelers at a celebrity hotspot in Los Angeles after the convicted felon allegedly spat on one of the rival patrons.
Sultry: The star flaunted her enviable frame in the skimpy white two piece
Nude ambition: The star then showed off her curves in a taupe one-piece, striking a sizzling pose with her arms above her head as she leaned against a rocky outcrop
Hayden revealed her pert posterior as she switched up her beach style in a striped top and cropped hoodie paired with bikini bottoms.
Exiting the shoot, she wore a white shirt dress and fluffy jacket teamed with trainers.
Hayden Panettiere was spotted at LAX with convicted felon Brian Hickerson on Tuesday, eight months after the pair were involved in a wild bar brawl where he allegedly ‘spat on’ patrons.
It was reported in July that Panettiere and Hickerson – who is on probation until 2025 for domestically abusing the actress in 2018 – had finally called it quits on their troubled on/off romance.
Speaking to PEOPLE that same month, the Heroes actress referred to her relationship with Hickerson as a ‘very dark and complicated time in [her] life.’
She felt compelled to tell her story because she knows ‘a lot of women go through what I went through, and I want people to know it’s OK to ask for help.’
Back in March, Panettiere and Hickerson made headlines after they were filmed getting into a wild brawl with a group of revelers at a celebrity hotspot in Los Angeles after the convicted felon allegedly spat on one of the rival patrons.
Pose: The star showed off her toned curves in a crochet swimsuit for another snap
Swimsuit shoot: The beauty looked incredible in her nude swimsuit as she posed on the beach
Cheeky display: Hayden showed off her posterior and legs as she posed in a white sweater and bikini bottoms
Leggy: Hayden also showed off her frame in a cropped hoodie as she walked along the beach
The petite actress, who is five feet tall, can be heard screaming ‘Brian’ as she tried to pull her boyfriend away from the group outside the Sunset Marquis hotel on the evening of March 25 as a woman in the other party screamed: ‘Back the f**k up,’ according to video obtained
Hickerson had spit at someone in the group and the manager of the trendy bar kicked everyone out, a witness told TMZ.
A representative for Panettiere told PEOPLE that Hickerson ‘made a comment to an individual about leaving the waitress a poor tip.’
‘That same individual, along with the group he was with, began badgering and shoving Brian, at which point security pushed everyone outside. Brian was attacked by the group, as was Hayden, who in her best effort tried to diffuse the situation,’ the representative said.
The video picks up on the West Hollywood street outside the hotel with security asking other patrons not involved in the fight to go back inside.
Serene: The star laid back on the sand as she posed for another snap
Toned: Hayden exuded confidence as she posed in the skimpy swimwear in Malibu
Pose: The beauty showed off her washboard abs as she posed on the sand
Windswept: Hayden worked her best angle as she took to the beach
‘I need everyone back in the bar, please,’ an employee said as Hickerson, who was wearing a white T-shirt and shorts, was seen launching toward the group of roughly eight people on the ramp. It appears Hickerson and Panettiere are up against two women – who largely stay out of the fight – and six men. However, the fight is manly between Hickerson and one man.
Security grabbed Hickerson – and pulled him away from the group as Panettiere was seen pointing over an employees shoulder. Someone in the group screamed ‘It’s over, it’s over’ at the stars.
Another male also said: ‘Let’s f**king go, bro,’ while the girl who screamed earlier said: ‘I will f**king [unintelligible] your a**.’
The group eventually moved away from the front door to the street, where fists and feet started flying.
The Bring It On actress mostly stayed near the outer ring of the fight and warningly called her boyfriend’s name. At one point, a man in a brown jacket was still launching himself at Hickerson, causing Panettiere to reach out and grab his jacket to pull him off her boyfriend.
She fell to the ground in the action, alongside two to three other people and the man Panettiere grabbed was seen held in a headlock by Hickerson. Out of the corner of the frame, the actress can be seen being lifted to her feet by what appears to be a bar employee, but she didn’t stay out of the action long, trying to pry her boyfriend from the fight.
Wrapped up: Exiting the shoot, she wore a white shirt dress and fluffy jacket teamed with trainers
A woman in a black jacket began pounding Hickerson’s back, screaming hysterically: ‘Get off. Get the f**k off of him, you f**king a**hole.’
Panettiere was seen trying to push people away from her boyfriend on the ground, but only ended up back on the ground, protectively covering the two men. She held one arm to keep attackers away, while calmly saying: ‘Back up, back up, everybody.’
The hysterical girl, kneeling next to the star, began screaming at the top of her lungs: ‘Get off.’
Panettiere appears to become more desperate to get her boyfriend out of the fight as she pleads with a bald man: ‘No, let me get him. Let me get him.’
The two men begin struggling again and the force of the fight breaks the tightly knit ball up, sending them toppling backward and Panettiere laid flat on her stomach. She can also be seen wrapping her arms around someone’s leg and it sends her rolling across the ground.
Hickerson can be seen being dragged by his foot while he was on all fours and violently kicking out at the men dragging him.
In a separate clip, Hickerson can be seen standing as people try to drag him away while he screams: ‘I’m ready for round two.’ His girlfriend beggingly calls for him to stop.
At one point, the Nashville actress could be heard screaming: ‘Brian, jail!’ Hickerson, a convicted felony, is on probation until 2025 for domestic violence charges for attacking the star in 2018.
Next look: The star wore a pair of skimpy bikini bottoms for the shoot, paired with a sweater
Off she goes: The star looked happy as she left a trailer for the shoot
Walk and talk: The star was on the phone as she made her way down the rocks
Toned: The actress wore nude swimsuit for another sizzling snap
After the group gets broken up, the man in jeans and a dark coat screams that Hickerson is ‘going to follow us.’ Someone appears to disagree with the man, as he continued: ‘He is, though. He already did.’
After the fight, Panettiere can be seen being escorted by bar staff back inside the hotel, where she apologized to the staff, while the other group left.
‘That dude,’ one of the employees started to say to the actress.
Dejectedly, Panettiere said: ‘I know, I’m sorry.’
As she walked away with a few others, who begin talking about Hickerson, she turned around and told them: ‘Don’t ever f**king talk about him.’
As they walked by the restaurant, the actress said: ‘I am so sorry.’
Police arrived after the fight broke up and no report was filed, according to TMZ. A representative for Panettiere said the star was ‘refused the opportunity to provide a statement to the police as she was escorted back inside.’
Her representative also told People that Panettiere is ‘okay’ after the fight.
Hickerson was sentenced to 45 days in jail and four years probation in 2021 after the actress accused him of domestic violence in 2018. He also had to attend 52 domestic violence classes, pay $500 in restitution, and was issued five-year protective order.
He was arrested on multiple felony charges, including corporal injury on a spouse/cohabitant, two charges of assault with a deadly weapon, and one for intimidating Panettiere. He also faced a misdemeanor charge for battery on a spouse/cohabitant.
Most of his charges were dropped.
He allegedly assaulted Panettiere from December 2019 to January 2020 and the actress obtained a restraining order against him in May 2019, which forbade him from coming within 100 yards of her.
A month later he pleaded not guilty to a count of domestic violence in a case that was later dismissed. He arrested on Valentine’s Day 2020 in Wyoming and was charged with domestic battery after he allegedly punched the actress ‘with a closed fist on the right side of her face.’
She took to Instagram afterward, writing: ‘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. I am prepared to do my part to make sure this man never hurts anyone again.’ The couple had been broken up at this time.
In July 2021, rumors began to swirl that the couple was rekindling their romance after they were spotted spending time together after he was released from jail.
Hickerson confirmed that they were ‘working on a friendship’ at the time. He said: ‘Hayden and I are not back together.’
Hickerson, a convicted felon, is on probation until 2025 after he was spent 45 days in jail and got four years probation for domestically abusing the actress
‘Dark time’: Speaking to PEOPLE that same month, the Heroes actress referred to her relationship with Hickerson as a ‘very dark and complicated time in [her] life’; the pair seen in 2018
Months after the March 2022 brawl, Hickerson stated to TMZ that he and Panettiere were ‘just friends’ and no longer romantically involved. He was also seen moving his belongings from the actress’ LA home.
Speaking to PEOPLE, Panettiere said that, despite the trauma, she was ‘trying to live in a place of forgiveness’ and ‘understanding’ in regards to Hickerson and the multiple domestic violence incidents he was charged with during their relationship.
‘I think [Brian] has done his time and was willing to get help. I think about the things I have done in my life that people forgave me for,’ she told the outlet. ‘Making amends is a really important thing that you learn in treatment. And it gives you a lot of inner peace.’
The I Love You, Beth Cooper actress said she was dealing with alcohol and opioid abuse at the time she and Hickerson began dating.
Ex: The pair were first linked after Panettiere split with her then-fiancé Wladimir Klitschko, the former two-time heavyweight boxer champion, with whom she has a daughter Kaya, seven; Panettiere and Klitschko seen in 2010
Custody: Klitschko has custody of the girl after the Heroes actress had a heavy battle with post-partum depression and alcohol abuse
‘I wanted to party, I wanted to do everything I wasn’t supposed to do,’ Panettiere said. ‘Acting was my life, but I felt so bad about myself that I lost trust in myself. And that is very detrimental. The idea of not having a responsibility was very appealing at the time.’
The pair were first linked after Panettiere split with her then-fiancé Wladimir Klitschko, the former two-time heavyweight boxer champion, with whom she has a daughter Kaya, seven.
Klitschko has custody of the girl after the Heroes actress had a heavy battle with post-partum depression and alcohol abuse.
Kaya and Klitschko, 46, moved to Ukraine afterward but she has been sent out of the country since Russia’s invasion. Panettiere posted on Instagram in support of the country and for her ‘friends and family’ living there when the war broke out, and confirmed in the comments that her daughter was ‘safe.’
Klitschko, however, did enter the war, alongside his 50-year-old brother Vitali, the mayor of Kyiv, who also was a heavyweight boxing champion. The brothers took up arms to repel a Russian convoy approaching the capital earlier this month after declaring they were ‘ready to die’ to defend their homeland.
Alleged: During a sit-down on Facebook’s Red Table Talk in September, Panettiere claimed that her ex-partner Klitschko is refusing to let their daughter, Kaya, seven, visit her in California – and accused him of forcing her to give up their child after he took the little girl to Ukraine for a trip and never returned
During a sit-down on Facebook’s Red Table Talk in September, Panettiere claimed that her ex-partner Klitschko is refusing to let their daughter, Kaya, seven, visit her in California – and accused him of forcing her to give up their child after he took the little girl to Ukraine for a trip and never returned.
‘I thought she was going over to visit him like she always did – she went back and forth between me in Nashville and Ukraine – but once she was over there, [he] was immediately [like], “I want full custody of her,” which was a shock for me,’ she said.
Panettiere also recalled the ‘horrifying’ moment when her former partner informed her that their daughter kept asking to call other women ‘Mommy’ — something she sees as a ‘trauma’ response to their separation.
‘I also remember her dad [Klitschko] calling me and telling me Kaya’s going around and asking other women if she can call them mommy,’ she told host Jada Pinkett Smith.
She described how she felt in the moment after. ‘My breath hitched and my heart stopped, and he was laughing. He thought this was funny and it was horrifying to me.
‘He didn’t get it, as opposed to me, who saw that’s a trauma reaction. That’s a cry for help.’
Shocked: ‘I thought she was going over to visit him like she always did – she went back and forth between me in Nashville and Ukraine – but once she was over there, [he] was immediately [like], “I want full custody of her,” which was a shock for me,’ she said
Heartbreaking: Panettiere also recalled the ‘horrifying’ moment when her former partner informed her that their daughter kept asking to call other women ‘Mommy’ — something she sees as a ‘trauma’ response to their separation
Then she explained, ‘I said immediately “Can I talk to my daughter?” and when I asked her about it she went into goo-goo ga-ga speak, like just talking gibberish.
‘I never before heard her do that. It was a trauma that she was experiencing, me not being around.’
Hayden suggested that her ex Wladimir ‘doesn’t understand’ the lasting impact Hayden’s absence could have on Kaya.
She added: ‘As much as I have tried to explain how much she needs her mom and how it’s going to rear its ugly head when she’s older later and it could turn into anger, depression, sadness, but it’s going to be trauma. You can explain it to someone who doesn’t understand that concept or believe it until you’re blue in the face.’
Panettiere claims that she hasn’t ‘gotten any hints’ that the custody situation will change but she has ‘been told that I can go over and see her any time.
‘I just keep the hope that one day when she’s old enough for her opinion to be respected a little more and her wants heard that there will be more proactivity on that side.’
Hayden suggested that her ex Wladimir ‘doesn’t understand’ the lasting impact Hayden’s absence could have on Kaya; father and daughter seen in 2020