A television producer has been charged with attempted murder over an incident in which he allegedly tried to kill his roommate with a kitchen knife. The Los Angeles Times reports that Andre Bautista, known by his stage name Andre Bauth, pleaded not guilty Monday to the charges.
Bautista, a Colombian actor and producer, won a Daytime Emmy this year as a producer on the online soap opera “The Bay,” the Times reports. The 36-year-old entered his plea in a courtroom in Van Nuys, Calif., according to the L.A. County District Attorney’s Office.
“Police were called to a residence in the 3100 block of Laurel Canyon Boulevard on Sept. 8 where the stabbing occurred, said Los Angeles Police Department Officer Liliana Preciado,” the Times reports. “A dispute had erupted between Bautista and his roommate, during which Bautista allegedly took hold of the knife, stabbed his roommate and fled, Preciado said.”
The argument was reportedly triggered when a group of friends laughed at Bautista’s suggestion that he would one day win five Oscars.
“A warrant was issued for Bautista’s arrest on Sept. 10 and he surrendered a week later at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City, prosecutors said,” the Times reports. “He’s being held on $550,000 bond. If convicted, he faces up to 13 years in prison.”