'Buffy' actor Nicholas Brendon arrested for allegedly choking his girlfriend

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer's Nicholas Brendon Arrested After Allegedly Choking Girlfriend


Nicholas Brendon, the actor known for roles on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Criminal Minds, was arrested Wednesday night in New York for allegedly choking his girlfriend. The news comes a couple months after Brendon walked off the set of Dr. Phil, where he was set to endure a very public rehabilitation for a string of recent run-ins with the law. The drama began again when authorities in Saratoga Springs said they responded to a distress call at a "nice family-owned hotel in town for a reported domestic disturbance," according to People.

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This Sept. 30, 2015, booking photo provided by the Saratoga Springs Police Department shows Nicholas Brendon, who was arrested Wednesday, Sept. 30, after a fight with his girlfriend. Police say the actor known for his role in the television series âBuffy the Vampire Slayer,â is facing charges of felony third-degree robbery, misdemeanor obstruction of breathing and two criminal mischief counts. (Saratoga Springs Police Department via AP)
LONG BEACH, CA - SEPTEMBER 13: Actor Nicholas Brendon at the Long Beach Comic-Con 2015 held at Long Beach Convention Center on September 13, 2015 in Long Beach, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 09: Nicholas Brendon attends the 'Ms. In The Biz' book launch party co-hosted by FilmBreak and presented by Dog & Pony on February 9, 2015 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Araya Diaz/Getty Images for Ms. In The Biz)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 24: Actor Nicholas Brendon at The Hollywood Show held at The Westin Hotel LAX on January 24, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 14: Actor Nicholas Brendon attends the 31st annual Outfest Los Angeles LGBT film festival - 'Big Gay Love' special screening at Directors Guild Of America on July 14, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Vincent Sandoval/WireImage)
CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 15: Actor Nicholas Brendon poses for a portrait session at the 2012 Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo at McCormick Place on April 15, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Timothy Hiatt/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 15: Actor Nicholas Brendon attends the 2012 Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo at McCormick Place on April 15, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Barry Brecheisen/WireImage)
Nicholas Brendon of 'Kitchen Confidential' at the Santa Monica Pier in Santa Monica, California (Photo by John Sciulli/WireImage)
Nicholas Brendon during Creation Entertainment's Grand Slam XI: Sci-Fi Summit - Day Three at Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California, United States. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/WireImage)
Nicholas Brendon of 'Buffy' and his wife at the UPN 2003 Winter TCA Tour held at the Renaissance Hotel in Los Angeles, CA on January 12, 2003. Photo by Barbara Binstein/Getty Images.
Nicholas Brendon & wife Tressa during 1st Annual Celebrity Dodgeball Game to Benefit The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids Foundation at Toluca Lake Tennis Club in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Jean-Paul Aussenard/WireImage for InStyle Magazine)
Alyson Hannigan & Nicholas Brendon during 1st Annual Celebrity Dodgeball Game to Benefit The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids Foundation at Toluca Lake Tennis Club in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Jean-Paul Aussenard/WireImage for InStyle Magazine)
James Marsters, Dean Valentine, Nicholas Brendon, Michelle Trachtenberg and Amber Benson at a screening of 'Once More With Feeling', the musical episode of 'Buffy, The Vampire Slayer' at the Paramount Theater in Los Angeles, Ca. Friday, November 2, 2001. Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images.
Nicholas Brendon during ''Buffy' The Musical: Once More, With Feeling' Premiere Screening at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by J. P. Aussenard/WireImage)
'Buffy' cast members Emma Caulfield, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan, James Marsters, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Michelle Trachtenberg at the UPN sessions of the Television Critics Association summer press tour at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Pasadena, Ca. 7/16/01. Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images.
370100 07: Nicholas Brendon as Xander Harris stars in 20th Century Fox's 'Buffy The Vampire Slayer Year 5.' (Photo by Online USA)
Nicholas Brendon during The 1999 Radio Music Awards at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Promotional portrait of the cast for the television series, 'Buffy The Vampire Slayer,' c. 1997. L-R: Nicholas Brendon, Anthony Head, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Charisma Carpenter and Alyson Hannigan. (Photo by Fotos International/Courtesy of Getty Images)
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Brendon's 33-year-old girlfriend told police she met up with the actor to return some of his belongings and leave, but at that point Brendon allegedly threw her phone and snatched her car keys. "It sounds like it went downhill from there," a Saratoga Springs police lieutenant said in a statement, noting an unspecified amount of alcohol was involved. "He allegedly grabbed her by the throat and started choking her."

Brendon, 44, left the hotel before police arrived, but was arrested without incident a few blocks away. He reportedly faces charges for one count of robbery in the third degree, two for criminal mischief, and another for obstruction of breathing; police told media that Brendon's girlfriend did not show any signs of physical injury. The AP notes he was released from jail Thursday after posting a $20,000 bond.

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