Buffy The Vampire Slayer Actor Nicholas Brendon Arrested For Reported Drug Fraud

by : Emily Brown on : 24 Aug 2021 14:16
Buffy The Vampire Slayer Actor Nicholas Brendon Arrested For Reported Drug Fraud20th Television/Vigo County Sheriff’s Office

Buffy the Vampire Slayer actor Nicholas Brendon has been arrested and charged for alleged drug fraud. 

Brendon, who starred as Xander Harris in the popular drama series, was taken in by police on August 18 after he was spotted driving erratically in Vigo County, Indiana.


A police affidavit described how the actor failed to signal and repeatedly swerved while driving, prompting an officer with Terre Haute Police Department to pull him over.

Nicholas Brendon (20th Television)20th Television

The 50-year-old was said to be sweating profusely and ‘appeared nervous due to a visibly racing pulse on his neck and shaking hands’, according to the affidavit obtained by TMZ.

When police asked for identification, Brendon handed over California ID with the name Kelton Schultz, who he reportedly told police was his twin brother. The actor does have an identical twin brother, though his name is Kelly Donovan.


Upon searching Brendon, police claim to have found a ‘small plastic bag that contained crystal/powder residue’ and a pill bottle in a bag with a medication prescribed to ‘Nicholas Bender’. Officers then called in a drug detection dog, citing ‘signs in the vehicle that narcotics were potentially being trafficked’.

Police officer with handcuffs (Pixabay)Pixabay

The search resulted in the discovery of more plastic bags containing residue but no other contraband, as well as a prescription for amphetamine salts prescribed to Kelton Schultz. TMZ reports Brendon admitted to taking medication that was not prescribed to him.

Police reportedly believe Brendon was either abusing the pills or selling them, or both, and that he ‘was using his brother’s ID to procure more or that the ID he initially handed [the officer] belonging to Kelton is fraudulent’.

Nicholas Brendon mug shot (/Vigo County Sheriff’s Office)/Vigo County Sheriff’s Office

Brendon has been charged with felony prescription fraud, as well as a misdemeanor for allegedly failing to identify himself properly when stopped and questioned by police. He was being held at the Vigo County Jail following his arrest, but has since been released on his own recognisance.

The actor’s attorney, Christopher Eskew, does not appear to have publicly commented on the arrest, and it remains unclear whether Brendon has entered a plea on either charge.

Brendon starred on Buffy The Vampire Slayer for the entirety of its run between 1996-2003 before going on to appear in titles such as Criminal Minds, Coherence and The Morningside Monster.


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Emily Brown

Emily Brown first began delivering important news stories aged just 13, when she launched her career with a paper round. She graduated with a BA Hons in English Language in the Media from Lancaster University and went on to contribute to The Sunday Times Travel Magazine and Student Problems before becoming Senior Journalist at UNILAD, where she works on breaking news, trending stories and longer form features.

Topics: Celebrity, Arrest, Drugs, Indiana