Baywatch actor Jeremy Jackson was arrested for allegedly stabbing a man last weekend.
Police tell the ‘Los Angeles Times’ the 34-year-old was suspected of stabbing a man in Westlake (an LA neighborhood) on April 24 after the victim was taken to the hospital and identified his attacker to police as “Hobie” — Jeremy’s character on the cult lifeguarding show.
The following day, he was found wandering the same neighborhood and charged with allegedly burglarizing an Airbnb, a report by ‘TMZ’ claims. Once in custody, authorities realized he also fit the bill for the alleged stabber.
Jeremy on the set of ‘Baywatch’ in 1997. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
Jeremy has since broken his silence, claiming it was “self-defense.” He says the victim stole more than $2,000 from the rented home where the actor was throwing a party.
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He claims that when he confronted the man — whom he describes as a “gangbanger with a clown tattoo on his face” — the alleged victim pulled a gun, forcing Jeremy to grab a knife in self-defense. He says the guy dropped the weapon after being stabbed in the torso and arms.
The ‘Baywatch’ actor also justified the burglary charges, explaining he left some personal items (such as Gucci sunglasses) at the Airbnb, and when he went back to retrieve them the following day, he “had to” break in to get access to the home.