Emmy-Winning Producer Stabbed Actor Over Oscar Joke, Police Say
Police are searching for a man who is accused of stabbing his friend and roommate over a joke about winning Oscars. Andre Bauth, 36, an Emmy award-winning producer and actor, allegedly tried to kill another actor, 23-year-old Clayton Haymes, with a kitchen knife earlier this week. Around 3 a.m. on Tuesday, Haymes returned to his Studio City home with his roommates after dinner and drinks, reports CBS LA. When they arrived, Bauth—who is also Haymes' landlord and manager—told the group that he would win five Oscars one day. "When he said 'five Oscars' we all just kinda laughed a little bit, and he got really upset," Haymes told CBS. Bauth then allegedly grabbed a knife and chased Haymes into a room, swinging the blade at him a few times before stabbing him in the chest. Bauth then fled the building.
Following the alleged attack that night, LAPD were called to the home in the 3100 block of Laurel Canyon Blvd. They have since been searching for Bauth—whose real name is Andre Salaman Bautista—and have now issued an arrest warrant for attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon. LAPD officer Liliana Preciado told the L.A. Times that Bauth may be arranging for a peaceful surrender.
Haymes is reportedly recovering from the stab wound.
In an unsettling twist, Bauth produced and starred in an upcoming film with Haymes that bizarrely echoes the real-life incident. The film, called El Landlord, is about a man, played by Bauth, who is pursuing his dreams in Hollywood while renting out apartments to tenants, some of whom he ends up killing. One of the tenants was played by Haymes.
Earlier this year, Bauth won a daytime Emmy award as a producer for the soap opera “The Bay.”
"I just saw a different person that night," Haymes tells CBS. "And I'm just scared I'll see that person again."