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Fred Willard

Will NOT Be Prosecuted

7/20/2012 3:55 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0719_fred_willard_article_7Fred Willard will NOT be prosecuted for lewd conduct ... TMZ has learned, but there are strings attached.

TMZ broke the story ... Willard was arrested Wednesday night at an adult movie theater in Hollywood.  Cops claim Willard had his penis in his hand.

Sources tell us ... the L.A. City Attorney is willing to drop any notion of prosecution of Fred, provided he enroll in what's called an Alternative Prosecution Program -- which is a 2-week course on obeying laws relating to the alleged offense.

It's unclear if Willard will play ball.  If he does, he won't be prosecuted, but if he doesn't the City Attorney can file charges.

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CC    

Fred Willard is a disgraced douchbag by his own making. If TMZ's reporting is accurate (always suspect) then Willard is also a liar since he originally said he wasn't whacking and now is saying what he did (implied whacking but not viewable by others) wasn't a violation of the law. Not that any of this matters because Fred was irrelevant anyway. Now we know Fred is simply an irrelevant douchbag.

762 days ago
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cancelledaccount    

I think he should refuse. This is just harassment. They can't prove anything and he is being treated horribly (yes, that's you PBS! I won't watch your channel again until you rehire him and apologize!)

762 days ago
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UNLEVINED HARVEY    

what the hell is the real story?

762 days ago
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phil    

These charges amaze me. What else do you expect in an adult theatre? Was he hurting anyone? Wasnt he in a private place, watching porn? And he was holding his own penis? Why should I care?

762 days ago
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Pat    

Wow. Juts, wow!
I can't believe he is going to get away with committing his perverted sex fetish in plain site to emotionally terrorize anyone who might wander by his seat.
Where is the justice??
Even Lindsay Lohan went to jail only months ago over misunderstandings and this guy is still walking free.

762 days ago
21.

FunMe    

I would NOT take the plea. It is very obvious that the DA does not have a good case. it doesn't matter how one feels, the law is the law. To be convicted will require people present seeing Willard's willie AND being offended to be able to arrive at a guilty conviction. NO.GOING.TO.HAPPEN

The DA should just drop the charges and stop wasting tax payer's money.

762 days ago
22.

smorbie    

I'm glad. He's an old man. Let him live his life. On a day like to with what happened in Aurora, this incident seems silly. It was a victimless crime.

762 days ago
23.

rhino56    

I think he already played ball!

762 days ago
24.

Bu    

OK now give the man his job back... He learned his so called lesson!

762 days ago
25.

willard    

what the hell are cops doing in adult film theaters hassling people. That is a waste of tax payers money. There are a bunch of people that need to take the next Hale Bopp comet out of here.

762 days ago
26.

Bill Andrews    

Was all of this just a Hold up or was it really a stick up ?.. Fred hears a Who !.. Older people in Calif. anything but anti-social posting comments find.

762 days ago
27.

retired911    

I'm glad he has a hand on his problem.

762 days ago
28.

Kari    

In light of the horrible tragedy and sorrow in Colorado, I don't think this guy or this story matters at all.

762 days ago
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haskel420    

PBS FIRED HIM.. BUT THE NFL WONT FIRE ANY OF THEIR GUYS.. IN FACT THEY RE HIRE FELONS.. FELONS.. NOT JUST SOMEONE WITH A TICKET BUT DOG KILLING FELONS,,,,,, EVEN RAPING FELONS

762 days ago
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janet    

It doesn't matter. He was caught and it was made public. That's embarrassing as hell. The damage is already done. PBS already fired him.

762 days ago
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