Hayden Panettiere and Zach Hickerson
Hayden was seen with Zach in New York this week (Picture: TheImageDirect.com)

Actor Hayden Panettiere has been photographed holding hands with the brother of her ex Brian Hickerson, who she was granted a protective order against in May.

Fans were left confused after the photos emerged of Hayden merrily holding hands with Zach Hickerson, despite her rocky time dating his brother.

Hayden was granted a protective order against Brian after allegations of abuse, when he was arrested for domestic violence charges in May.

According to a felony complaint obtained by People, Brian ‘willfully inflicted corporal injury resulting in a traumatic condition upon Hayden P’, and was charged with one could of felony domestic violence despite pleading not guilty.

So it’s safe to say nobody was expecting to see Hayden looking so friendly with Brian’s brother, Zach, but it turns out the pair are ‘friends and have been for a while’, according to People’s sources.

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The photos, taken in New York last week, see Hayden beaming as she and Zach hold hands and lark about in the street.

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Hayden and Zach were seen holding hands and larking about (Picture: TheImageDirect.com)
 Brian Hickerson, Hayden Panettiere
Hayden had recently been granted a protective order against Brian Hickerson (Picture: Rex Features)

Zach is the founder of the Acts 321 church in South Carolina, and it seems that the pair have managed to maintain a friendship despite Hayden’s tumultuous relationship with Brian.

Prior to dating Brian, Hayden was with professional boxer Wladimir Klitschko, and the pair share 4-year-old daughter Kaya, who lives with her father in Ukraine.

Hayden and Wladimir had dated from 2009 until 2018, even getting engaged in 2013, a year before the birth of their daughter.

While People say Hayden’s lawyers claim she has not been in touch with Brian recently, a source claimed the relationship is still a ‘source of concern’ for her family, and he could spend up to four years in prison if convicted.

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