‘Buffy’ actor Nicholas Brendon arrested in Indiana for drug trafficking
Nicholas Brendon, former “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” faces felony charges in Indiana for allegedly illegally obtaining prescription drugs and falsely telling officers his identity.
The 50-year-old, who played loyal pal Xander Harris in the horror-fantasy series, has had several run-ins with the law in recent years. His latest highlight was an arrest last week that produced a surreal photo of the once clean TV actor.
According to Terre Haute, Indiana, the officer’s probable cause affidavit – obtained from The Times on Tuesday – Brendon was arrested on August 18 after officers noticed him driving his silver Dodge Journey. The affidavit stated that Brendon was “sweating profusely and appeared nervous with a noticeably rapid pulse in his neck and a handshake” when he was arrested.
The “Criminal Minds” actor provided officers with California ID with Kelton Schultz’s name on it and initially claimed it was his name. They later found a pill bottle in his pocket containing amphetamine tablets prescribed for Schultz. When officers executed the license, they found a related warrant in Idaho under the pseudonym Nicholas Bender, who has the same date of birth as Schultz.
The actor was born Nicholas Brendon Schultz and has a twin brother named Kelly Donovan.
While searching Brendon’s car, police found a small plastic bag containing crystal / powder residue that officers suspected to be methamphetamine or cocaine, according to the affidavit. The officer also found another bottle of pills containing drugs prescribed for Bender. Several pieces of trim in the nearly new car appeared to be broken or tampered with and the carpet was cut in several places with suspicious marks visible on several screws, according to the affidavit.
A search of the vehicle at the K-9 led officers to find more plastic bags with residue but no other contraband, as well as another order from Schultz for amphetamine salts that had been filled the day before.
Brendon responded when the officer called him “Hey Nick” and they asked him why he had lied about his name. He claimed that he had a twin brother, that they had the same prescription and that they sometimes filled it for each other.
Officers believed Brendon was abusing or selling the pills, and was using either his brother’s ID or fake ID to procure more. Brendon eventually provided his real name and the corresponding Social Security number and was arrested and incarcerated in the Vigo County Jail.
He was released later that day, according to online prison records.
The actor has gone through a series of legal issues and challenges, including arrests and a 2015 separation with his wife after just five months of marriage. He has previously been arrested for robbery, resisting arrest, assault and battery against a peace officer and criminal mischief, racking up rap sheets in California, Idaho, Florida and New York. He left “Dr Phil” in 2015 and said he struggled with depression and substance abuse issues.
Last year, he struck a plea deal after he allegedly attacked his girlfriend at a Palm Springs hotel in 2017. Brendon agreed to serve three years of probation and take a 52-week domestic violence course. , as well as 20 hours of community service as part of the deal. , according to the Desert Sun. The felony charge of causing bodily harm to a spouse has been reduced to a domestic battery misdemeanor.
His next court date in Indiana is set for December 12.