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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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31.

Bob    

If he's still up to jerking off anywhere at 78, God bless him and find out what meds he's on. And if you can't jerk off in a porn theater, where the **** can you jerk off?

736 days ago
32.

sarah    

Well at least it wasnt lex steele getting caught There is no way his could keep his foot long out of sight. This is the cops put the weapon down.

736 days ago
33.

Mooo    

Sex crimes are big money. The state spends $40,000,000 per year JUST on that glorified photo album called the registry. A lot of good it did for Sandusky's victims. Arresting REAL criminals doesn't bring in the grant money like Byrne Grants and kickbacks from the AWA. We're being taken for a ride.

736 days ago
34.

Stefan_1974    

cant blame him...let him have a little fun. A porn theatre? Who goes there wont be easily offended and wank++ at home is probably not that fun for him.
Let him be. Glad over here its more relaxed when it comes to sex :)

736 days ago
35.

tessa    

it was a XXX theater, not a playground, what do you think goes on there? nice to know there are no other crimes happening in LA since the police are patrolling XXX theaters looking for peckers.

736 days ago
36.

chedderbob    

Isn't that what a porn theater is for!!!!

736 days ago
37.

Bubbles The Chimp    

I am wanking right now on this post.

Ooo ahh Ahhh ahhhh

736 days ago
38.

Bob L    

Why aren't the animal rights people protesting this incident?
After all- he was choking his chicken when he was arrested.

736 days ago
39.

Quinn    

It really doesn't surprise me coming from the state of California. You guys are running some sort of crack operation out there.

736 days ago
40.

bagladey    

If he "did nothing in any violation of any law" then he should sue the police department for costing him his job, and his reputation.

736 days ago
41.

Kari    

The cop who caught him doing it, or anyone for that matter, could easily say they were offended.

736 days ago
42.

rhbjorn    

The real question is why is the LAPD doing these raids when masturbating in a xxx theater is legal

736 days ago
43.

Kari    

The fact that a 78 year old married man was in this porn theater in the first place says a lot about the story. He may beat these charges (pardon the pun), but his career is over, and he is now going to be a comedian's punch line.

736 days ago
44.

Jody    

He is a disgusting OLD man.

736 days ago
45.

Susan    

Hope he thinks of his wife & leaves town for a long time. Looks like contracts are being cancelled, so he has no excuse not to leave. Can you image how his wife & children feel????????

736 days ago
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