He might be hard to recognize in his ID photo, but it’s old Buffy the vampire slayer star Nicholas Brendon above, who was arrested in Indiana last week for suspected prescription drug fraud. Brendon, 50, played Buffy’s friend Xander Harris in all seven seasons of the iconic ’90s TV series.
According to TMZ, Brendon was “driving erratically when cops spotted his silver Dodge Journey last week in Vigo County, Indiana.” After the police arrested him, they “noticed him sweating profusely” and that he “appeared nervous due to a noticeably rapid pulse in his neck and a handshake.” When asked to provide ID, Brendon (real name Nicholas Brendon Schultz) “gave them California ID with Kelton Schultz’s name on it. The cops say Nicholas told them Kelton was his twin brother. (The actor has a twin brother named Kelly.) During a search, police reportedly found a “small plastic bag containing crystal / powder residue” as well as medication prescribed to a “Nicholas Bender”.
This isn’t Brendon’s first run-in with the law, and he’s once battled alcoholism and drug addiction. In 2010, he was released on probation after making a clear plea of an incident with police in California “which ended in a Taser and then his arrest.” In 2014, he was arrested in Idaho after resisting arrest following a hotel incident at a comic book convention. In early 2020, he was sentenced to three years probation, 20 hours of community service and ordered to take a course on domestic violence for assaulting his girlfriend in 2017.
Since the end of Buffy the vampire slayer in 2003, Brandon also appeared on Confidential Kitchen, Private practice, and Criminal minds, among other series and films.
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