Hayden Panettiere's friends 'concerned' she's not obeying protective order

Hayden Panettiere’s loved ones fear she is still in touch with her boyfriend, Brian Hickerson, despite his domestic violence arrest and the protective order in place.

“It’s disturbing to family and friends that Hayden and Brian may not be following the court order,” a source tells Us Weekly exclusively. “There is not one single person out there who isn’t concerned about Hayden. What Brian did to Hayden is unacceptable behavior, and it’s not to be tolerated.”

Those closest to the 29-year-old actress are unsure whether the two are seeing each other but know how severe the consequences could be if the couple ignore the terms. “Violating the court order puts both of them in jeopardy. They could both get in serious trouble,” the insider says. “Hayden’s friends and family are giving her space because she is going through a lot. They are being supportive as much as they can and as much as Hayden is willing to take it all in.”

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HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 31: Hayden Panettiere arrives at a screening of Freestyle Releasing's 'Sharkwater Extinction' at the ArcLight Hollywood on January 31, 2019 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 31: Hayden Panettiere and Brian Hickerson are seen on January 31, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by gotpap/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 02: Hayden Panettiere is seen on August 2, 2018 in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Hollywood To You/Star Max/GC Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - APRIL 22: Actress Hayden Panettiere attends the UFC Fight Night event at Bridgestone Arena on April 22, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 05: Actress Hayden Panettiere is seen in Soho on January 5, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 05: Actress Hayden Panettiere is seen outside Good Morning America on January 5, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 05: Hayden Panettiere discusses 'Nashville' with the Build Series at AOL HQ on January 5, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 05: Hayden Panettiere discusses 'Nashville' with the Build Series at AOL HQ on January 5, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 05: Hayden Panettiere attends Build Presents Charles Esten & Hayden Panettiere Discussing 'Nashville' at AOL HQ on January 5, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 04: Hayden Panettiere appears on Amazon's Style Code Live on January 4, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Amazon)
MIAMI BEACH, FL - NOVEMBER 29: Wladimir Klitschko and Hayden Panettiere attend The Daily Front Row and Faena Art Celebrate the Launch of The Daily's Miami Edition, Featuring Act One at The Faena Art Dome on November 29, 2016 in Miami Beach, FL. (Photo by Sean Zanni/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
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In the meantime, Panettiere’s friends want the gravity of the charges against Hickerson — stemming from his May 2 arrest — to set in. “It’s going to take her some time to realize this is all for the best and to protect not just Hayden but other people. If it’s not Hayden, it will be someone else,” the source tells Us. “Everyone hopes she’s following the rules. Her friends check in with her. But when she wants privacy, no one can do anything.”

According to the insider, the aspiring actor is not living with the Nashville alum at the moment.

TMZ reported earlier this month that Hickerson was taken into custody after police found “redness and marks” on Panettiere following a fight between the pair. The South Carolina native allegedly “hit [Panettiere] on the face, causing her to get dizzy,” according to the prosecutor. Hickerson was charged with felony domestic violence on May 23.

The prosecutor requested during a subsequent court appearance that the judge grant a protective order. The document requires Hickerson to stay 100 yards away from the Heroes alum and not contact her via phone, email or any other third party.

Panettiere and Hickerson were first linked in August 2018 following her split from fiancé Wladimir Klitschko. The exes share 4-year-old daughter Kaya.

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BERLIN, GERMANY - DECEMBER 05: Hayden Panettier and Wladimir Klitschko attend the Ein Herz Fuer Kinder Gala 2015 show at Tempelhof Airport on December 5, 2015 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Franziska Krug/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 12: Actress Hayden Panettiere (L) and professional boxer Wladimir Klitschko attend HBO's Official Golden Globe Awards After Party at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 12, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
MIAMI BEACH, FL - NOVEMBER 29: Wladimir Klitschko and Hayden Panettiere attend The Daily Front Row and Faena Art Celebrate the Launch of The Daily's Miami Edition, Featuring Act One at The Faena Art Dome on November 29, 2016 in Miami Beach, FL. (Photo by Sean Zanni/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - DECEMBER 07: Hayden Pannetiere and Wladimir Klitschko attend the 'Ein Herz Fuer Kinder Gala 2013' at Flughafen Tempelhof on December 7, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Target Presse Agentur Gmbh/WireImage)
BERLIN, GERMANY - DECEMBER 07: Actress Hayden Panettiere and Wladimir Klitschko attend the Ein Herz Fuer Kinder Gala 2013 at Flughafen Tempelhof on December 7, 2013 in Berlin, Germany.(Photo by Michael Gottschalk/Photothek via Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - JUNE 25: Hayden Panettiere, Giorgio Armani and Wladimir Klitschko attend the Giorgio Armani show during Milan Menswear Fashion Week Spring Summer 2014 on June 25, 2013 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Venturelli/WireImage)
MILAN, ITALY - JUNE 25: Wladimir Klitschko and Hayden Panettiere attend the Giorgio Armani show during Milan Menswear Fashion Week Spring Summer 2014 on June 25, 2013 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Venturelli/WireImage)
MILAN, ITALY - JUNE 25: Wladimir Klitschko and Hayden Panettiere attend the Giorgio Armani show during Milan Menswear Fashion Week Spring Summer 2014 on June 25, 2013 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Venturelli/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 22: Hayden Panettiere and Wladimir Klitschko attend Paulie Malignaggi vs Adrien Broner boxing match at Barclays Center on June 22, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 22: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Wladimir Klitschko and Hayden Panettiere attend Paulie Malignaggi vs Adrien Broner boxing match at Barclays Center on June 22, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 20: (EXCLUSIVE ACCESS) Actress Hayden Panettiere (L) and Boxer Wladimir Klitschko in the CITI VIP room at the Rolling Stones '50 & Counting' tour at Staples Center on May 20, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 07: Wladimir Klitschko and Hayden Panettiere attend the 34th Annual Sports Emmy Awards at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center on May 7, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Marc Bryan-Brown/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 14: Wladimir Klitschko (L) and Hayden Panettiere attend the Entertainment Weekly & ABC-TV Upfronts Party at The General on May 14, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images for Entertainment Weekly)
Boxer Wladimir Klitschko and actress Hayden Panettiere attend the premiere of 'Klitschko' during the 10th annual Tribeca Film Festival at SVA Theater on April 24, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Henry S. Dziekan III/WireImage)
VIENNA, AUSTRIA - APRIL 16: Wladimir Klitschko (L) and Hayden Panettiere attend the 22nd KURIER ROMY Gala at the Hofburg on April 16, 2011 in Vienna, Austria. The Austrian public is asked to choose all award winners in a public voting from 47 nominees in seven categories. (Photo by Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 16: Hayden Panettiere and Wladimir Klitschko arrive at the 12th Annual Warner Bros. and Instyle Post-Golden Globe Party at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 16, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/FilmMagic)
Hayden Panettiere and Wladimir Klitschko attend HBO's 68th annual Golden Globe Awards Official after party at Circa 55 Restaurant on January 16, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.
Hayden Panettiere Und Freund Wladimir Klitschko Bei Der Becker Wies'N Im Hippodrom Auf Dem Oktoberfest In München (Photo by Franziska Krug/Getty Images)
Wladimir Klitschko Und Seine Freundin Hayden Panettiere Bei Der ' United People Charity Night' Zugunsten Von Powerchild E. V. Im Gop Variete-Theater In München (Photo by Franziska Krug/Getty Images)
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