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Fred Willard

Masturbation Law

Won't Stick

7/20/2012 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Alleged weenie wacker Fred Willard may NOT have broken the lewd conduct law ... even if he DID masturbate in an adult movie theater.

Here's the long and short of it -- In California, it's not automatically illegal to masturbate in a public place like a movie theater ... it's ONLY illegal if the act occurs within eye-shot of people who "might be offended."  That's the law, folks.

So how does Willard beat the rap? Allow us to make the argument.

Willard's alleged act occurred in a XXX theater, notorious for showing hardcore porno films to patrons who show up to get off.

There were 4 other movie-goers in the house when cops busted Willard -- 4 patrons in a dark, dank theater doing God knows what.  It's a safe bet they weren't particularly offended.  And if they say they were, good luck to them on cross examination.

So Willard had NO REASON to believe anyone there would get their nose out of joint by a little self knob-polishing ... therefore, the lewd conduct law doesn't apply to him.  NOT GUILTY.

Willard's attorney, Paul Takakjian, has already gone on record, saying the 78-year-old actor "did nothing in any violation of any law" ... and he may be right.

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16.

Bob    

I'm surprised that P.E.T.A. isn't going after Fred for spanking his monkey.

640 days ago
17.

ron reagan    

Cops were there to spank their monkies too i bet!!!

640 days ago
18.

cobrazombie    

The cops who were in there are the real jerk offs.

640 days ago
19.

Sally    

Are these sickos pedophiles also? Why does he use a public place and not his home?

640 days ago
20.

Dale    

I think the creepier ones are the TMZ paps who want to know all the details.

640 days ago
21.

Peter Martin    

78! More power to him! Let him whack off where he wants. I'll be happy if I am so motivated if I get to 78.

640 days ago
22.

Michael     

Is L.A. So crime free that police hang out in porn theaters to watch everyone and make sure no one might touch any area of themselves. Must be a rookie cop or one on punishment to do that job. And Fred could have been smarter like playing pocket pool instead of pulling his pants to his ankles. Should have wrote him a citation unless it's actually a felony.

640 days ago
23.

Susan62509    

Okay, I must admit this TMZ topic is strange, but there are some great comedians commenting today that had me ROTFLMAO.

640 days ago
24.

oink    

What happened to Innocent until proven Guilty in a Court of Law ? how could PBS Fire him ?

Fred sue Them and people will stop donations to their TV stations.

640 days ago
25.

janet    

Either way he got caught and it was made public. How embarrassing is that. Damage is done. PBS already fired him.

640 days ago
26.

Frank    

They still have adult movie theaters? Really!

640 days ago
27.

peachpie    

The''s a cop in the porno movies busting people having sex? I'm wondering how we can allow porno movie houses to have a license to run their business and then turn around and arest people having sex in there. Leave Fred alone. He was having quality time with his twig and giggle berries. Fred don't have to say a word and i break out laughing. I'm gonna have to see what movies he has on netflix. .

640 days ago
28.

Bob    

Naked and jacking it in San diego

640 days ago
29.

News Flash     

It's a wack job, but someone has to do it.

640 days ago
30.

Dan    

They guy is also 78. Good luckk disporving medical opinion as to his inability to "masturbate".

640 days ago
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