Actor Nicholas Brendon, mostly known for his role as Xander in the television series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer from 1996 to 2003, has been arrested in upstate Sarasota Springs, New York for allegedly choking his girlfriend.
The 44-year-old is, according to Saratoga Spring Police, Lt. Bob Jilson, facing charges of felony third-degree robbery, misdemeanor obstruction of breathing, and two criminal mischief accounts.
Officers were reportedly called to a downtown hotel around 11 p.m. Wednesday night, by Brendon’s girlfriend who said she had gone to his room to return property to him and had no intention of staying. Jilson says Brendon objected to this, took her car keys and cellphone, and proceeded to choke her.
“Last night around 11:30 p.m., we got called to a nice family-owned hotel in town for a reported domestic abuse disturbance,” Jilson said. “We got to the room and we found a 33-year-old female there by herself, and she reported that she had been in a domestic incident with Nick, and he has subsequently left before we got there. She did not have any physical injuries that we were aware of.”
Brendon was arrested a few blocks away from the hotel, where authorities found him. It is unclear whether or not he has a lawyer at this time, but after spending the night in jail, he was released from jail on Thursday after posting a $20,000 bond.
This is not Brendon’s first encounter with the law. The actor has been arrested three times over the past year, the most recent before New York being in Florida when he damaged his hotel room. The incident, which occurred in March, also involved Brendon refusing to pay the hotel bill.
At the time, he told a local Florida newspaper that he had been dealing with depression.
In June, Brendon entered a rehab center to treat substance abuse, depression, and alcoholism.
He appeared on Dr. Phil on Aug. 26, where he was supposed to discuss his mental health and addiction issues, but he ran off set during the taping, citing that he didn’t appreciate the questions Dr. Phil asked during the interview.
“My illness and addictions are a daily struggle for me, and I am committed to working on them for the rest of my life,” Brendon wrote on his Facebook page after walking out of the taping. “A big part of that is focusing on positivity. I’m the first to admit I’ve messed up, a lot, and I’ve hurt people I care about and who care about me.”