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Fred Willard

Arrested

for Lewd Conduct

7/19/2012 7:47 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Fred Willard was arrested for lewd conduct last night in Hollywood when police allegedly caught him with his pants down in an adult movie theater ... TMZ has learned.

According to law enforcement sources, LAPD undercover vice officers went into the Tiki Theater in Hollywood and found the 78-year-old "Anchorman" star watching last night's feature ... with his penis exposed and in his hand.

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We're told Willard was arrested around 8:45PM and booked for lewd conduct.

It was a quick release -- we're told he was out of police custody a short while later.

As for which movie Fred was watching -- there are 3 flicks in rotation at the theater ... "Follow Me 2," a XXX parody of "The Client List," and "Step Dad No. 2."

Willard is best known for his memorable roles in "Best in Show", "For Your Consideration", "American Wedding" and "Everybody Loves Raymond."

According to IMDB, Fred is "rumored" to be in pre-production for a movie entitled ... "The Yank."

It's a comedy.

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8:47 AM PT -- We're starting to get comments from people who say Fred is 72 and not 78 ... but official records show that he was born on September 18, 1933 ... NOT 1939.

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-- Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... the LAPD vice officers were not conducting a raid ... but rather a "random walk-through" of the premises.

We're told ... when theaters like this get their license, they have to allow cops in whenever they want ... to inspect.

In fact, the theater has a sign posted in the front which warns customers that the theater is "viewed by LAPD."

The theater also warns, "No Alcohol, No Weapons, No smoking inside" ... and no pets.

The signs do not warn about flogging the dolphin.

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136.

Limbo    

The article wrongly lists Fred Willard as 78 years old. He is, in fact, 73,... and yesterday, when he was arrested in the theater... WAS HIS BIRTHDAY!

789 days ago
137.

daliscar    

At 78, I guess he's too "Old School" to simply sit home alone on the internet or DVD...

789 days ago
138.

gpzjack    

with so much porn on the internet why would anyone step foot in one of those places...lol

789 days ago
139.

Bobby    

He was great on Fernwood 2Night.

789 days ago
140.

Kris in NYC    

Wow. Had no idea he was 78!?! Active sexual release does help keep you looking young... I guess he is proof!

789 days ago
141.

Al Schork    

I hope before his court date he can get it legally "discharged".

789 days ago
142.

TMP    

With all the free online porn, I don't see how this kind of thing is still even an issue.

789 days ago
143.

Carl    

I don't understand why anyone would go to a XXX theater anymore. Hasn't Fred heard of the internet?

That being said, what a stupid waste of tax dollars having cops do walkthroughs looking for things like this. It isn't like families are going to the theater, so who's going to be offended.

789 days ago
144.

jnsesq    

"It was a quick release..."

Really? REALLY? Oy vey...

789 days ago
145.

HollyWeird    

Can he not afford to buy his own porn and do this at home? Could this really be accidental?

789 days ago
146.

Bob    

For those who say "why not use the internet" How many of your Grandparents even have a computer, let alone know how to use one.He does have a twitter, so it could be a moot point but still.

789 days ago
147.

Blah    

Isn't that what pornos are for??? I am confused as to why they even show them if you are not supposed to do that?

789 days ago
148.

skrapiron    

"Slop 'till you drop kids."

789 days ago
149.

WellSinceYouDidntAsk    

FYI: This the the LAST jerkoff theater trap operating in the city of Los Angeles. And it is a well known vice hangout to catch backwards folks who missed the boat on the voyeur privacy of the Internet age. So this old guy must be senile to fall for it. He and Pee Wee Herman should start a celebrity pervert club.

789 days ago
150.

buzz kill    

And his next big Oscar winning movie will be "Wee Willy Wankers"

789 days ago
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