Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s Sidekick Arrested Again

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When someone gets arrested three times in one year for drug-related crimes, it is probably a cry for help. That’s how representatives for Nicholas Brendon, the actor who played Buffy’s sidekick Xander on “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” described his behavior over the past year.

In the case of the third arrest in May of this year, the actor, who currently has a recurring role on “Criminal Minds,” was in Tallahassee for a comic book convention, trashed the hotel, and refused to pay for the damage or the food and beverage charges he incurred. The room was full of overturned and broken furniture, and water was flowing from the bathroom into the hallway when officers arrived. A prescription pill bottle was found in the room with one pill left of the 10 that had been prescribed earlier in the day.

Confused, with toothpaste on his face and pants wet from an overflowing toilet he was said to have caused, he was taken into custody by the Tallahassee Police Department and charged with felony grand theft. He was arrested in October 2014 and earlier this year in February on similar charges.

Buffy Star Seeking Rehabilitation

It looks like this last arrest could be Nicholas Brendon’s “bottom.” He’s publicly recognized his problem, and representatives are calling his condition a “disease,” with roots in childhood trauma. As a result, Brendon is seeking rehab, and his representatives note that addressing the disease will be a lifelong battle.

Watching famous addicts self-destruct in public is distressing. But it provides an open picture about what it means to “hit bottom,” and about how ongoing, destructive behavior can actually be someone crying out for help. The television star’s admission is an act of bravery, and it can be beneficial for all who are addicted themselves, or who have loved ones who have problems with drugs or alcohol and who need to seek drug abuse rehabilitation.

Brendon, 44, is best known for his 1997-2003 role on “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and has been playing Kevin Lynch on the CBS series, “Criminal Minds” since 2007. Since 2014, he has been writing on the Buffy Season 10 comic book.

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