'Virgin' actor found guilty of attempted murder

Shelley Malil stabbed ex-girlfriend more than 20 times

Actor Shelley Malil, who appeared in the film "The 40-Year-Old Virgin," was convicted Thursday of the attempted premeditated murder of his ex-girlfriend in a knife attack.

Jurors also found Malil guilty of assault with a deadly weapon for stabbing Kendra Beebe more than 20 times during a quarrel at her San Marcos, Calif., home in 2008. He was acquitted of residential burglary.

Beebe sobbed and hugged a friend who stood beside her at Vista Superior Court in San Diego County when the verdict was read.

"I feel a sense of relief, but I have to be honest: There is never a win in a situation like this," Beebe said, adding that her body is covered in scars. "I was afraid because he was an actor that the people might believe his bad theatrics. I am pleased to see the justice system did its job properly."

Malil -- who played Haziz, a co-worker of Steve Carell's character in "Virgin" -- faces 16 years to life in prison. He is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 18. His attorney had no comment.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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