Last month, I reported that Buffy the Vampire star Nicholas Brendon, who played Xander on the show, collided with the law once again, getting himself arrested for felony grand theft at a hotel.
Following the disturbance, his representatives then made a statement, claiming:
"Nicholas is, unfortunately, battling a disease that many of us don't understand. We are working with him to improve upon the situation at hand and look toward the future. He's sorry for his actions and takes what happened last night very seriously. We will take great care to ensure his safety in the future."
Yet despite taking the incident very seriously, it has now come to our attention that unfortunately Brendon has not been able to reverse his volatile behavior.
Recent string of arrests
On Friday in Tallahassee, he was arrested once again for trashing a hotel room in a drunken rage. This is sadly the third time in less than 6 months that such an violent incident has occurred.
Addressing his most recent run-in with the police, the actor appeared on TMZ Live to reveal that the reason behind his erratic behavior is his struggle with deep depression, caused by drinking in excess and taking prescription medication.
Then however, he went on to divulge even more personal information, directing a focus on a dark episode that has haunted him since childhood.
Memories of sexual abuse
In the heart-felt video call with the gossip website, Brendon also claimed that his recent depression has particularly been brought on by memories of being sexually abused by a child.
Speaking to the camera, the 43-year-old actor said:
"I have been battling a lot of depression throughout my life and I've been kinda handling it the wrong way. I am a survivor of a sexual abuse when I was a kid."
Claiming that he is embarrassed about it, he admits that he has never opened up about the traumatic experience but hopes that talking about it will allow him to help others and subsequently, change his own behavior.
Brendon reveals that the man who "molested" him went to jail for five years and he has failed to "wrap his mind" around that. He says:
"I think it's time that I start dealing with that and the symptom [of depression] and stop being a jerk about it."
"The depression sets in and it's embarrassing"
In the open Skype interview, the actor also explains his reasoning behind keeping silent on the matter. He states that the reason is that he does "not want to complain" and that it's an "embarrassing thing to talk about"
Watch the clip in full below:
It is a rare sight to see celebrities speak so candidly about their experiences and their struggles with mental health issues.
I'm sure you guys will all join me in wishing Nicholas the best recovery and to give him the courage to speak openly about his issues.
What do YOU think about all of this? Let me know in the comments below!