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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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91.

john credell    

who cares..... the guys funny!

741 days ago
92.

Wino    

If women can nurse in public, why can't men rub one out in public?

741 days ago
93.

RaineeDrops    

These sick adult film stores are for the sexual deviants, anyone who walks into one or watches such crap, is a sexual deviant.

741 days ago
94.

Heaven    

Gross!!

741 days ago
95.

Terry    

"Quick release" Nice choice of words

741 days ago
96.

FlamingoNut    

Do you think they could get away with doing this bit on "Trust Us With Your Life" (since Willard is currently hosting anyway)...

741 days ago
97.

Toilethead    

Can he still do anything with what's left of his penis at his age?

741 days ago
98.

Truth    

DAMN, DUDE WAS HANGING OUT IN THE GHETTO THINKING HE WOULDN'T GET CAUGHT. DUDE CLAIMS I-N-N-O-C-E-N-T BUT APPEARS HIS PENIS GOT CAUGHT. #TRUTH!!

741 days ago
99.

Rixi    

Oh puleeze... someone needs to teach Willy how to download porn at home.

741 days ago
100.

Walt    

At 78? Good for him.

741 days ago
101.

Augie    

C'mon folks! Fred was merely rehearsing for his upcoming starring role in PeeWee's biopic.

741 days ago
102.

Rae    

How embarrassing. At least he wasn't cheating on his wife of 40 years. Since he was in an ADULT XXX movie theatre, I don't see the big deal about how he decided to occupy his hand. Where's the victim in this "crime"? It's like the cops arrested him in order to embarrass him.

741 days ago
103.

ELefevre    

Hmmmm...78 year old has been with an erection...sounds like a publicity stunt to me.

741 days ago
104.

Miki    

It was a porno theater, and I bet he wasn't the only one with his pants down. Look at the place, do you expect anything less?

741 days ago
105.

Deskboy    

I thought he looked familiar!! But it was so dark i there, I wasn't sure.
Let me tell he wasn't the guy who got groped by TSA , that's for sure!!!!!!

741 days ago
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