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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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46.

moe    

I have never liked him or thought that he was funny!
If he is still whacking off at 78 years old.. good for him.. But not in a skanky movie theater!

795 days ago
47.

Rae    

I feel bad for Fred. He's embarrassed and lost his job because he was doing something that was hurting no one.

795 days ago
48.

Nerf Herder    

Fred's next movie is called "Yank". The PR guys don't even have to work for this self-made promotion.

795 days ago
49.

Leo    

Too late! The guy's career is over!

795 days ago
50.

ColoradoRob    

What was this old turd thimking going to some slezy porn movie house. dosen't he have a computer or was he Hoping to get caught for the publicty.

795 days ago
51.

Maverick    

Good to know the particulars of the law the next time I hit the XXX theater!

795 days ago
52.

fargone    

Thanks Fred. Now we will get a new law making it illegal to whack your wanker in a porn theater. Where will we go now?...a drive-in movie theater maybe? What's happening to our freedom of expression? What's Amerika becoming?

795 days ago
53.

wenzy    

It doesn't matter what happens in court now! He ruined his reputation. From now on he will always be known as the actor who got caught in a zippergate where his best performance was starring in 'Willard & his Willy'...HANDS DOWN!

795 days ago
54.

SlyGirl    

Gross!

795 days ago
55.

KnuckleDragger    

H'm...so I guess what you're actually saying is Willard, although interrupted at the time, will finally "get off"!

795 days ago
56.

Snowman with a Turnip Nose    

Just a thought: People jacking off inside adult entertainment places don't offend me in the least. I don't go to these places (girlfriend plus DSL connection at home = all bases covered...). I don't have to see it if I don't want to.


What DOES offend me to no end are people who whip out their penises in public to urinate in plain sight. I live in a rather "hip" (gaaahhh) part of town with a lot of bars and clubs and patrons pi$$, puke and even $hit EVERYWHERE.

795 days ago
57.

grant23    

Shouldn't have been doing that in a theater - even a nasty XXX theater. He could have done it at home. It is very easy to get porn - even free porn - on the internet. For those saying he might not know how to use a computer - I doubt that is true - but even so - he could buy DVD's, magazines, etc- for use AT HOME.

795 days ago
58.

LK    

LEAST HE WAS ONLY PULLING IT & NOT PULLING THE TRIGGER OF A GUN LIKE THE SICK F at BATMAN

795 days ago
59.

Major Chutzpah    


So, he'll get off there too.
That IS Good news!
Way to go Fred...gives new meaning to fist pump too

795 days ago
60.

MoMo1951    

At least he was not shooting people there in the movie theater, like the maniac in CO. His (Fred's) situation seems "tame" by comparison! Had this been a kid's movie with children there, I would feel very angry over what he did. This was an adult theater and anything goes, I guess.

795 days ago
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