Nicholas Brendon Arrested After Alleged Domestic Dispute With Girlfriend: Details

Nicholas Brendon
Former Buffy actor Nicholas Brendon was arrested on Wednesday, Sept. 30, for allegedly threatening and choking his girlfriend in upstate New York. Saratoga Springs, NY Police Department

Nicholas Brendon was arrested on Wednesday, Sept. 30, after allegedly getting into a domestic dispute with his girlfriend at a hotel in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., police confirmed to Us Weekly. This was his fourth arrest this year.

“Last night after 11 p.m., we responded to a call to a local hotel on the south end of town,” investigations lieutenant Bob Gillson tells Us. “We got there [and] found a 33-year-old female in the room by herself …She had come down to give [Brendon] some of his personal property he was looking for. When she gets there she was going to leave, [but] he didn’t want her to leave, so he forcibly took her car keys from her.”

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A rep for Brendon declined to comment on the incident.

At one point in the couple’s argument, Gillson tells Us, the actor also grabbed his girlfriend’s phone and threw it into the road.

David Boreanaz, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Nicholas Brendon
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“In New York we’ve got a pro-domestic violence charge for criminal mischief if you damage someone’s phone to prevent them from calling 911,” he explains, adding that Brendon also allegedly “grabbed [his girlfriend] by the throat and choked her.”

Gillson adds that “alcohol was involved” in the incident. Brendon is charged with third-degree robbery, a felony, two counts of criminal mischief, and one count of obstruction of breathing. 

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Police called to the scene found Brendon a few blocks away from the hotel, and the actor was taken into custody without resistance.  

Brendon has been arrested three separate times this year, most recently in May for public intoxication. He was also arrested in February and March, both times for trashing hotel rooms while under the influence.

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In August, the troubled star was set to sit down with Dr. Phil on his talk show, but walked out before he finished taping. He later told fans via Facebook that he decided to pull the plug on his televised intervention because he felt “Dr. Phil went for the jugular” by diving into the “darkest parts” of Brendon’s issues “with no build up.”

“My illnesses and addictions are a daily struggle for me, and I am committed to working on them for the rest of my life,” he wrote in the post. “A big part of that is focusing on positivity.”

The episode aired on Sept. 16.

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