Hayden Panettiere is shrugging off any suggestion that she and her boyfriend were ever anything but a-OK — despite the fact he got arrested for allegedly roughing her up.
The actress was at LAX Tuesday when we ran into her and asked for a life update, considering the last time we heard from her was in a very negative light — her new-ish BF, Brian Hickerson, had been charged with felony domestic violence against her.
However, you’d never know anything was wrong by the way Hayden reacts here … insisting the two of ’em never even fought … comparing it to a squabble with the family dog.
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We kept pressing her to make sure things were good, asking if family members were right to worry for her well-being — especially after she’s been seen with Brian again lately, including last week at the airport — but Hayden doubles down … noting she can handle herself.
A couple things oughta be noted here — for one, Brian’s criminal case in L.A. was recently dismissed for not being able to secure a “material witness” — aka, Hayden. Also … HP seems awfully nervous here as she boards a waiting car that seems to be driven by Brian.
She’s got an explanation for that too though — here’s hoping she truly is okay, after all.