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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.

7:06 AM PT
-- 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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76.

DVH    

My ? is, if you want to watch porn and pleasure yourself, why would you go to a theater when you can watch it/do it in your own home?

792 days ago
77.

Paul Lynde    

Big Phuking deal.

792 days ago
78.

dclaire    

I think he is a brilliant comic actor he has saved a few movies for me. That being said what is up with raiding a porno house for lewd conduct. WTF is this the McCarthy era for porn?? Like shooting fish in a barrel. Let the old man have his fun he has been married forever and so what if he goes out to get turned on. i mean really!!!!

792 days ago
79.

Joe Mama    

That quick release wasn't quick enough!

792 days ago
80.

Meanie    

Heheh... friends with Peewee Herman?

792 days ago
81.

Hawk    

Wow. He's 78?

792 days ago
82.

Jillian Galloway    

Surely that's what those places are there for?

792 days ago
83.

sonnydazenow    

Wha' Happened?

792 days ago
84.

Athina    

Cut the guy some slack. It's a adult movie theater, not the playground.

792 days ago
85.

Richard    

The dude is in his 70's. There probably weren't families with children in the place. Leave him alone. The cops need to spend their time protecting society from those who would do harm to others.

792 days ago
86.

henry    

All of you not guilty of choking your chicken or stroking the little man in the boat, throw a stone.

792 days ago
87.

john credell    

who cares,....the guys funny

792 days ago
88.

john credell    

who cares? he's funny....

792 days ago
89.

Athina    

He's got a wife at home. Maybe it's not that easy to do the Internet thing or rent pornos with her around.

792 days ago
90.

jason    

who cares what he's doing in an adult theater?

792 days ago
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