On August 10, 2008, actor Shelley Malil stabbed his girlfriend multiple times. These facts are not in dispute.
But The 40-Year Old Virgin star testified at his trial today and said the grisly incident was an accident, a fatal case of a major misunderstanding.
"I'm sorry," Malil said on the stand. "I had no idea. I saw the pictures [of the stab wounds] for the first time, I was stunned. When I look at those pictures, I still can't believe the knife I was holding was responsible for all those injuries."
Malil says he went to girlfriend Kendra Beebe's house on the night in question and had "no intention of killing anybody or hurting anybody."
Explaining the evening in murky details, the actor said he walked into the home and saw Kendra drinking wine with another man, David Maldonado. Malil felt threatened and grabbed a knife, despite the admitted fact that Maldonado did not possess any weapons.A scuffle ensued, Maldonado ran outside and Malil swore under oath that he believed this man was going to get a gun.
Malil also went outside, and says he got whacked in back of his head with something that "felt like cold granite countertop."
In self-defense, he claims, Malil swung and stabbed his knife wildly against the attacker, whom he believed to be Maldonado. But he then heard Kendra cry out "Call 911!" and, finally, stopped the attack, realizing the victim was his girlfriend.
Beebe, however, has testified that Malil only backed away when a neighbor intervened. He has pleaded not guilty to charges of premeditated attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon and residential burglary.