The actor known for playing Xander Harris on the television series "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," was arrested in Palm Springs, California last week for allegedly dragging his girlfriend around by her hair.
Nicholas Brendon is accused of pulling his girlfriend’s arm before violently pulling her hair following a heated argument at the Saguaro Hotel. He also allegedly forced her to sit down by yanking her hair, TMZ reports.
The Palm Springs Police Department arrested Brendon, 46, of Los Angeles, for violating a protective order and for a felony domestic violence charge. His girlfriend had protective orders against the former "Buffy" star in two other states, Sgt. William Hutchinson of the Palm Springs Police Department confirmed to USA Today. He is allowed to be around her, but he has been forbidden from harassing or injuring her, according to the orders.
This was not Brendon’s only recent run in with the law or arrest at a hotel. In 2014, he was arrested in Boise, Idaho after he allegedly broke a decorative dish at a hotel. He was additionally accused of getting into an altercation with hotel employees. Brendon was charged with "malicious injury to property," in that incident.
In 2015, he was arrested at yet another hotel in Fort Lauderdale, Florida for causing damage to a room. A month after that, he was arrested in Tallahassee, Florida for causing about $1,000 in damage to another hotel room. For the latter incident, Brendon told the Tallahassee Democrat at the time, "I stopped taking my meds a while ago, which was a mistake. It culminated yesterday with my taking some sleeping pills and then going into a blackout." In 2015, Brendon appeared on an episode of 'Dr. Phil,' where he talked about his struggle with alcohol addiction.
Brendon has appeared in all 145 episodes of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer."
[Courtesy Palm Springs Police Department]