Hayden Panettiere: Violating Court Order By Staying With Abusive Boyfriend?

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Hayden Panettiere has been having a rough go of it in recent months.

The actress -- best known for her work on Heroes and Nashville -- has become a tabloid staple thanks to her tumultuous love life and very public struggles with substance abuse.

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And now, it seems she's ready to tell the world her story.

According to a new report from Radar Online Hayden has become concerned with the manner in which she's portrayed in the media, and she's considering writing a memoir in order to set the record straight:

“She talked about writing her own story. And she should,” an insider told Radar.

“It would be her own journey.”

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Family and friends are reportedly encouraging the actress to share her story, not so that she can clear the air, but so that other young women might learn from her struggles:

“Once Hayden comes to grips with the fact that she has a perfect situation to present to other young women and to say that certain things are not to be tolerated. But it doesn’t sound like she’s in that place yet,” the source continued. 

“If she acknowledges his behavior is not acceptable, it’ll do wonders for other women and men.”

At the center of Hayden's recent troubles is her allegedly abusive boyfriend Brian Hickerson.

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Last week, a judge issued an order of protection requiring Hickerson to remain 100 feet away from Panettiere.

Despite that development, Hayden has remained with Brian, and the couple has been spotted strolling hand-in-hand in Los Angeles.

“It’s disturbing to family and friends that Hayden and Brian may not be following the court order,” a source tells Us Weekly.

“There is not one single person out there who isn’t concerned about Hayden. What Brian did to Hayden is unacceptable behavior, and it’s not to be tolerated.”

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In addition to the concerns that Hayden is unsafe with Hickerson, the actress' loved ones are worried that she's violating the law by spending time in his presence:

“Violating the court order puts both of them in jeopardy. They could both get in serious trouble,” the insider says.

Panettiere's loved ones have reportedly encouraged her to part ways with Hickerson, but they fear that if they push too hard, she may cut off contact entirely.

“Hayden’s friends and family are giving her space because she is going through a lot," says the source.

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"They are being supportive as much as they can and as much as Hayden is willing to take it all in.”

Here's hoping that Hayden is safe and that the situation is being closely monitored by concerned parties.

We'll have further updates on this developing story as more information becomes available.

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Hayden Panettiere Biography

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Hayden Panettiere is a pretty and talented young star. You might know her from Heroes, though she has also starred in more than a dozen... More »
Palisades, New York
Full Name
Hayden Leslie Panettiere