Here’s how ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer”s Nicholas Brendon is a criminal
You may best remember him as affable jokester Xander Harris on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but Nicholas Brendon’s troubled life & career post-Buffy is no laughing matter. This August, Brendon was arrested on felony prescription fraud charges during a traffic stop in Indiana. He was also charged with a misdemeanor for failing to identify himself to the police.
This is far from the first time the actor has fallen afoul of the law. Brendon, 50, has intermittently courted jail time since 2010 when he was charged with four misdemeanors including felony vandalism & battery against a police officer. At the time of his most recent arrest, he was serving a three-year probation sentence for domestic violence.
Despite vanquishing demons on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Brendon’s had a tougher time reckoning with his own and has been open with the public for years about his persistent struggles with substance abuse & alcoholism. What happened to Nicholas Brendon, and how did his dark side end up stealing the spotlight from an otherwise promising acting career?
From slaying vampires to fighting addiction
Though Nicholas Brendon’s continued to garner acting roles since Buffy the Vampire Slayer, including turns on Private Practice & Criminal Minds, he’s more frequently made headlines for over a decade of arrests, convictions, and rehabilitation stints. Brendon first entered a recovery program for alcoholism as early as 2004.
Following a 2015 arrest for trashing a hotel room, Brendon’s spokesperson released a statement to E! News that directly addressed the actor’s mental health issues: “We are aware that Nicholas’ actions are of a much deeper origin—and we are working toward creating a healthy environment for him to thrive in.”
In a 2015 interview with Dr. Phil, he confessed to multiple suicide attempts and trauma caused by childhood sexual abuse: “I think about it every day of my life.” The actor, who portrayed Buffy’s wisecracking pal on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, also discussed coming to grips with his pain in the Tallahassee Democrat: “[…] a lot of the stuff I’m having to deal with in my life, inside of my head […] is not fun and it’s not funny.”
A history of abuse
Brendon’s pattern of criminal violence came to a head in 2017, when he was arrested for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend in Palm Springs. He was accused of “violently” grabbing her arm and pulling her hair during a fight at the Saguaro Hotel bar. His girlfriend – identified in court as “Jane Doe” – testified that this was just one of many times that Brendon attacked her in their relationship.
She reported other traumatic incidents such as “being strangled and thrown across the room,” “being covered in bruises, bite marks & scratches,” and being held at knifepoint by Brendon. Brendon was released on $50,000 bail, sentenced to three years of probation, and required to complete a 52-week domestic violence course. In 2015, he was arrested on a similar charge after choking his then-girlfriend.
It’s clear from this year’s arrest that Nicholas Brendon is still in the thick of battling addiction. After being pulled over for swerving and failing to signal, police noticed that he “appeared nervous due to a visibly racing pulse on his neck and shaking hands,” according to a report obtained by TMZ.
Police discovered a bottle of pills prescribed to “Nicholas Bender” and a prescription for amphetamine salts for “Kelton Schultz.” Brendon also identified himself as Kelton Schultz. (Schultz is Brendon’s family name.) He later told the police that Kelton Schultz was his identical twin brother, who’s actually named Kelly Donovan and famously portrayed Brendon’s double on Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Brendon is currently in the news for health issues apparently worsened by the time he spent in jail. His spokesperson says that he’s suffering from “paralysis in the genitals” and legs. Due to his “deep-seated medical problems & immense pain,” the star will be dropping out of his latest project, a film called “Wanton Want.”
What do you think of Nicholas Brendon’s tragic backstory & disturbing actions? Will his career ever recover from his multiple arrests & abuse accusations? Let us know below in the comments.