'Buffy' actor arrested at Palm Springs hotel bar

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'Buffy' actor arrested at Palm Springs h

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. - Actor Nicholas Brendon was arrested on felony domestic violence charges after an argument with his girlfriend in Palm Springs earlier this month.

Police said it happened at the hotel bar at the Saguaro Palm Springs on Oct. 11.

Brendon, best known for his television roles on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Criminal Minds," bailed out of jail on $50,000 the day after his arrest.

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Jail records show Brendon is scheduled to appear in court on Nov. 28.  District Attorney's spokesman John Hall said the case is under review and "no filing decision has been made at this time."

"(Brendon) was with his girlfriend and they got into an argument," said Palm Springs Police Sgt. William Hutchinson.  "During the argument at the bar, he pulled her arm and then violently pulled her by her hair."

Witnesses called police to report the incident.

Hutchinson confirmed Brendon has two active protection orders filed against him by the woman.  One in Sarasota Florida, the other in New York.  Neither prohibit Brendon from seeing her, but he is not allowed to harass, threaten, injure, assault, etc.

He was arrested for a violation of a protective order, and felony domestic violence.

A representative for Brendon had no comment for CBS Local 2/KESQ.



In Sept. 2015, Brendon sat down with Dr. Phil to discuss his depression and alcohol addiction and mentioned previous arrests.

"When I was getting arrested on the road I would drink and I would mix them with those pills and I would wake up in jail," Brendon told Dr. Phil. "That combination was just for me was just very deadly. When you do those two things you just black out. And obviously, a rage exists because I would trash hotel rooms. I truly was insane. There was no rational thinking behind that at all. Pretty much all these arrests were related to sleeping pills and alcohol. Drinking initially quells the anxiety definitely, but then it just adds to the anger."


October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Need Help? Contact The National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233

For the deaf or hard of hearing the number is 1-800-787-3224.

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