Entertainment TV Hayden Panettiere Is Back with Brian Hickerson After Domestic Violence Case's Dismissal: Source The case against the aspiring actor was dismissed because the L.A. County District Attorney's Office "could not secure a material witness" By Natalie Stone and Aili Nahas Aili Nahas Aili Nahas is the West Coast Deputy News Editor at PEOPLE. She is also the TV deputy in Los Angeles as well as the Weddings Editor. Aili has spent nearly two decades in the entertainment industry and 12 years at PEOPLE. People Editorial Guidelines Published on November 6, 2019 12:51 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Lions Share News Hayden Panettiere is back together with ex-boyfriend Brian Hickerson, PEOPLE can confirm. The Nashville star and aspiring actor were photographed together on Tuesday — more than a month after Hickerson’s felony domestic violence charge was dismissed. Panettiere, 30, and Hickerson were seen walking side-by-side through an airport. A source tells PEOPLE that some of Panettiere’s family members still “don’t approve of the relationship.” “They are not fans of Brian,” says the source. “It’s clear that he has issues of his own, not to mention the anger issues, which is obviously a big one.” In response, Hayden’s attorney Andrew Brettler tells PEOPLE, “Hayden is a strong, intelligent woman who is capable of making her own decisions.” Hickerson’s attorney did not return PEOPLE’s request for comment. Hayden Panettiere’s ‘Life is in Flux’ as 4-Year-Old Daughter Lives in Ukraine with Dad, Source Says Panettiere and Hickerson began dating after reports circulated that she and then-fiancé Wladimir Klitschko had split in August 2018. Klitschko, 43, and Panettiere share daughter Kaya, 4, who lives in Ukraine with her father. Eric Charbonneau/REX/Shutterstock PEOPLE previously reported that Panettiere’s relationship with Hickerson drew concern from those close to the Heroes alumna, especially after they were reportedly involved in a drunken altercation with his father in October 2018, prompting a visit from police. (No arrests were made.) And this past May, Hickerson was arrested on a domestic violence charge and released on bail. According to the felony complaint obtained by PEOPLE, prosecutors had alleged Hickerson “willfully inflicted corporal injury resulting in a traumatic condition upon Hayden P.” Hickerson was charged with one count of felony domestic violence on May 23 and pleaded not guilty, a spokesperson for the L.A. County District Attorney’s Office confirmed to PEOPLE at the time. In July, Hickerson reportedly appeared in court as a Los Angeles superior judge listened to the testimony from the police officer who responded to the domestic violence call on May 2. During the hearing, the judge denied the motion to dismiss criminal charges against Hickerson and declined to consider a lesser misdemeanor charge. Hayden Panettiere and Ex-Boyfriend’s Brother Are Just ‘Friends’ Despite Holding Hands, Source Says While Hickerson was facing up to four years in prison if convicted, his case was dismissed at the end of September. “The case against Brian Hickerson was dismissed without prejudice today,” a spokesperson for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office told PEOPLE at the time. “Our office was unable to proceed because we could not secure a material witness. The protective order also was dismissed.” If you are experiencing domestic violence, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233, or go to thehotline.org. All calls are toll-free and confidential. The hotline is available 24/7 in more than 170 languages.