Former ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ actor Nicholas Brendon has reportedly been arrested after a domestic dispute at a hotel in New York earlier this week.

44 year old Brendon, who used to play Xander on the popular show between 1996 and 2003, has had a number of brushes with the law in the recent past and has spoken of a battle with mental health issues, was arrested in Saratoga Springs on Wednesday (September 30th) having allegedly attempted to choke his girlfriend.

“Last night around 11:30 p.m., we got called to a nice family-owned hotel in town for a reported domestic disturbance,” Bob Jillson, Investigations Lieutenant at Saratoga Springs Police Department, disclosed to People the following day.

Nicholas BrendonNicholas Brendon has reportedly been arrested for a fourth time in 2015

“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 had subsequently left before we got there. She did not have any physical injuries that we were aware of.”

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The woman is said to have told police that she visited the hotel to drop off some belongings of his, but that when she tried to leave he allegedly confiscated her car keys and smashed up her cellphone in order to get her to stay where she was.

The arresting officers then found Brendon a few blocks away from the hotel and was “placed under arrest without any incident”, according to Jillson. He spent a night in the cells before being charged with two misdemeanour counts of criminal mischief and one misdemeanour count of obstruction of breathing, plus one felony count of robbery in the third degree.

Brendon has been arrested on three occasions this year, and in June entered rehab for depression, substance abuse and alcoholism. In August, he walked out of an interview he was taping for ‘Dr. Phil’ having become angry with the line of personal questioning.

Soon after that, he shared his struggles with mental illness on his Facebook page. “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. “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.”

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