Former Baywatch Star Jeremy Jackson Arrested For Stabbing Man In L.A.
Former “Baywatch” star Jeremy Jackson was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon in Los Angeles over the weekend. Jackson allegedly stabbed a man with a knife in the torso on Friday. The victim of the attack, who taken to a local hospital, identified his assailant to police as “Hobie,” the character Jackson portrayed on the popular ’90s TV show.
Following the attack, Jackson allegedly fled, but was arrested the following day after someone reported a prowler near the scene of the stabbing in the Westlake section of Los Angeles. Jackson was charged and then later released on $30,000 bail. According to the former child star, though, he was acting in self-defense during a confrontation with an alleged gangbanger.
Jackson tells TMZ he rented an Airbnb, where he threw a party, during which a guy allegedly beat him up and robbed him of $2,300. The actor claims another attendee said she could call a friend to help him get his money back, and when that man showed up, he supposedly tried to rob Jackson as well. The individual allegedly pulled a gun on him, prompting Jackson to pull a buck knife from his pants and stab the man in his stomach and arms.
The guy, who Jackson claims is a gangbanger with an identifiable clown tattoo on his face, allegedly dropped his weapon and fled the scene. Jackson says he returned to the Airbnb site the next day to retrieve items he left behind, but apparently had to break in in order to get them. That led police to respond to a burglary call, during which Jackson was arrested when cops discovered he matched the profile of the stabbing suspect.
Jackson is best known for his “Baywatch” character Hobie Buchannon, but in recent years, he has struggled with drug and alcohol problems, and even appeared on “Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew” to get treatment for an addiction to steroids. In 2014, as Gossip Cop reported, Jackson made headlines after he claimed Paris Hilton and Brandon Davis beat him up at her home in Malibu. Earlier this year, Gossip Cop reported that Jackson was kicked off “Big Brother UK” for groping the breasts of fellow cast member Chloe Goodman. Jackson apologized for the incident saying, “I made a mistake… I accept all the ramifications.”
Gossip Cop will update as more information emerges.