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'40-Year-Old Virgin' actor admits stabbing his girlfriend by mistake (20-plus times)

September 10, 2010 | 11:53 am

Shelley Malil, an actor who played one of Steve Carell's co-workers in "The 40-Year-Old Virgin," took the stand Thursday in Vista and admitted he'd stabbed his on-again, off-again girlfriend repeatedly -- but said he didn't realize immediately that it was her he was stabbing, E! Online reported.

Malil, whose 16-year acting career also includes a turn as Chad in Budweiser's "What Are You Doing" Super Bowl commercial, above, is charged with premeditated attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon and residential burglary for the Aug. 10 incident in which Kendra Beebe was stabbed more than 20 times in her San Marcos home, near San Diego. He has pleaded not guilty on all counts.

Malil said he arrived at Beebe's house to find her sipping wine with a friend, David Maldonado. In "chaos" that ensued, the actor said he thought Maldonado was coming after him, grabbed ...

... a knife off the table, upgraded to a butcher knife in the kitchen when he thought Maldonado had gone to his car to get a gun, then started stabbing wildly after he was hit in the head.

He said that he realized he was stabbing his girlfriend when, about a minute into it, she cried out "Call 911," People reported.

Beebe last week testified that Malil had walked up to her, repeatedly called her name, then stabbed her three times without warning, KSWB-TV reported.

Cross-examination will be done Monday. Malil faces 21 years to life in prison if convicted.

-- Christie D'Zurilla

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