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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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31.

moribundman    

What movie was he watching? :-P

637 days ago
32.

Jdawg    

So he was practicing for his movie roll in The Yank . I admire his work ethic !

637 days ago
33.

Bobo Frog    

Internet porn is free. Why would a celebrity take such risks?

637 days ago
34.

Beaners    

Didn't he learn from PeeWee Herman!

637 days ago
35.

Jody    

Let me guess, he was just studying up for his upcoming role?

637 days ago
36.

Mark    

What do people think goes on in an adult theater. People dont go there to watch the movie and eat popcorn. So its funny how the Police are always doing raids on them. If its illegal to take care of business there then they should close them all down.

637 days ago
37.

Laurie    

Isn't that what people do at adult movies?

637 days ago
38.

VictorD    

" in an adult movie theater... watching last night's feature ... with his pants down ...with his penis exposed and in his hand"

Oh that's very adult, isn't it? Rather childish, I think.

637 days ago
39.

JL    

Not surprised, he always looked like he could!

637 days ago
40.

liamDirish    

The US has adult theatres.....Ireland misses out on so much

637 days ago
41.

Ginger    

Oh for goodness sakes, he's 78. I doubt he could do much harm. He should have been thrown out of the place and let that be the end of it. Madonna is showing boobs and ass all over the world-no one arresting her.

637 days ago
42.

Sally    

Freak! How ironic the name of the movie he is in production with at the time - The Yank. OMG

637 days ago
43.

Nostradamus    

He was just getting into character for The Yank.

637 days ago
44.

latestdiets.net    

he was doing research for his movie role in "The Yank". i can't wait when he does publicity for the movie. now, that will be an interview.

637 days ago
45.

TheMachine1    

I bet he did it to get free publicity for his next project.

637 days ago
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