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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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46.

Joseph Bouchard    

His new movie should be called "THE WANK".... whichever it's good for his career - it's exposure............

724 days ago
47.

Mikey    

This is what happens to celebrities when they get dehydrated, they masturbate in public.

724 days ago
48.

James    

I don't get why these people don't just rent or buy pornos and watch them in the privacy of their homes.

724 days ago
49.

Christine    

Isn't that what those movies are made for? Somebody who couldn't get off on the movie was jealous and called the cops.

724 days ago
50.

Mike    

The question on everyone's mind is "There are still adult movie theatres?" With the internet and even if you have a crappy old computer and slow internet you can get all the porn you want and whack off at home, in private. Stay home to do your business.

724 days ago
51.

peoplearesilly    

What an idiot. Can't he just watch porn at home and beat off all he wants? Does he not own a TV and DVD player? Stupid, stupid, stupid. Hope all the embarrassment is worth it to jack off in a theater. Disgusting.

724 days ago
52.

get real    

Oh Gees.......... Fred ? 78 Years Old ???????? Fred ! Not in Public Fred!

724 days ago
53.

get real    

Do Your Business AT HOME !

724 days ago
54.

cindy    

Does he not have a computor at home...?

724 days ago
55.

NYANIMALLAWYER    

Ironically, on "Everybody Loves Raymond", he played the biggest prude, Robert Barone's father-in-law. However, the character called his wife "Mother", which I find creepy, as if characters like that stopped making love once they were done having kids.

724 days ago
56.

Kari    

THE YANK? You couldn't write this stuff. Disgusting behavior at any age.

724 days ago
57.

Canada    

First things I thought when I read this. They still have porn theatres???? Seriously, with all the porn on the internet people still go to these places??

724 days ago
58.

kim k    

Aw no! But check out that Tiki Xymposium? Wonder what it's like in there. Pretty posh I bet.

724 days ago
59.

Chase    

Has he heard of this thing called the internet?

724 days ago
60.

Tammy    

Was he doing what one is normally expected to do in those movies?

723 days ago
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