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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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106.

eicarr     

Man... This guy is old school!! What movie was it???

825 days ago
107.

LYNDA    

Think what you want, but it sounds like Entrapment! What the hell do you expect when people walk into these establishments, it's XXX for pete's sake!!

825 days ago
108.

JOE LATINO    

This guy doesnt have a computer?

825 days ago
109.

Deskboy    

This is exactly what Sonny meant about the toilet in the restaurant.

825 days ago
110.

harry    

Fred is just trying to earn his own Comedy Central Roast special. Great comedy guy there, but even if he wasn't funny I couldn't judge him harshly for JOing to porn. I think porn theaters are weird but I wouldn't know what else to do in one.

825 days ago
111.

Marty    

Way to go Fred! I hope I'm still functional at 78.

825 days ago
112.

Kagaya    

Now I want to know more about his up ***ming movie. It's called 'Yank'? I'm really curious about the plot. Does he yank something in the movie? Maybe he was doing research for the new movie.

825 days ago
113.

t-in-sd    

oooh, big macho cops. I'm so impressed, with all the rapes, murders and child and elder abuse and shady drug dealings, they have the free time to raid an adult movie theatre, feel so much safer now with these kinds of cops around. what a waste of our taxpayers dollars. Leave Fred alone!

825 days ago
114.

the artist formerly known as hand turkey    

For some reason, this doesn't surprise me.

So, masturbating is lewd, but watching porn is not lewd?

825 days ago
115.

debra    

Why are people always so shocked at "lewd" conduct at a pornographic movie. hummmmm........he wasn't there for the great acting and a riviting plot. What a waste of tax payers money. We have cities in California going bankrupt. He was in a dark theater holding his ........ believe me no one else noticed or was paying any attention to him at all. What a waste. I hope it gives his career a boost. He is a good actor. That is all that matters to me. He was harming no one.

825 days ago
116.

LisaL    

Big deal. OOO he was yanking it at a porn theater. What a shocker.....-_-

825 days ago
117.

A1A    

This guy goes into that awful looking place and wants to jack off as opposed to internet full length porn movies in his own home? That places looks so awful, it just goes to show you how low a character this guy is to actually take his pants down in a joint like that. I need a bath after looking at the place.

825 days ago
118.

FLO    

So what is the big deal, he was in an Adult Theater not Chik-Fil-A

825 days ago
119.

BB not bb    

He was in preproduction for The Yank alright, that is what got him busted. On the other hand, you are already a pervert for going in there, so yanking on your chain is just secondary. I suppose this is the idea of watching this filth, but no one wants to see the live action I suppose.


It is funny how the most goody two shoes seeming people are the biggest perverts. This guy was funny on Everybody Loves Raymond because you just know there is something underneath his Mr. Wholesomeness veneer.


His son on that show was even funnier.

825 days ago
120.

ClintJCL    

isn't it weird how the definition of public changes? i mean, if i own a theatre, it's my private property, and me opening the doors doesn't turn it into public property - which is property paid for by the government/taxpayers. so for example, the constitutional right to free speech does not apply in any non-public owned establishment - if i owned a restaurant, i could refuse to let someone in because i don't like what his shirt says. it's private property. Until sex laws for the public come. Or smoking bans. then it's suddenly public property. Until tax time. Then it's private again, better pay taxes on it.

825 days ago
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