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Nick Stahl

Busted

Going Solo in Porn Store

12/28/2012 5:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

1228_nick_stahl_videoHere's Nick Stahl's 2012 in a nutshell -- missing, found, missing, found, and now ... arrested for "touching himself" in a porno store, TMZ has learned.

Law enforcement tells us, LAPD undercover vice officers were conducting a routine check of an adult store in Hollywood around 6PM -- and found Stahl alone in a private booth, watching a porno, and committing a "lewd act."

We're told the "Terminator 3" star appeared to be "touching himself" -- you can figure out the rest -- and he was booked for lewd conduct ... a misdemeanor.

Nick was cited and released from police custody a few hours later ... and as he walked out of the police station he told our camera guy it was all a "misunderstanding" (see above). Also worth noting ... no one picked Stahl up from the station ... he just kinda wandered off into the night.

As we've reported, Stahl has disappeared -- sometimes for several weeks -- multiple times this year. As of July, he had reunited with his wife and was getting treatment for substance abuse.

Kinda fun fact: We're told one of the officers who arrested Stahl, also busted Fred Willard in July for pulling a similar deal in an adult theater.

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136.

ScreenScreams    

You know, I wouldn't do what he did, but...he didn't hurt anyone. There should not be a law against this. You can't force your religious beliefs on others, and this law is clearly based on religion.

581 days ago
137.

Can't believe this    

How stupid. Don't cops have better crimes to solve? I can just see the commander at the morning brief. "Okay, I want you two guys to patrol porno stores and see if we can't catch someone touching themselves in a private booth" I can't believe the waste of money that still goes on from the Feds, and local governments that go after these kinds of ridiculous petty crimes (not even sure some are crimes such as this) C'mon people, don't let our government waste our money in these times

581 days ago
138.

Escalonz    

A wannabe Pee Wee Herman except Pee Wee did his thing in a movie theatre................a class act indeed.

581 days ago
139.

Escalonz    

A wannabe Pee Wee Herman except Pee Wee did his thing in a movie theatre................a class act indeed.

581 days ago
140.

DeeMaree    

Hey maybe these cops could like guard our schools. Do a routine check of the schools instead of worrying about crap like this.

581 days ago
141.

Booker    

I used to work in one of those places, in a much quieter, less crime-ridden area than L.A., and while I thought it was dumb for cops to wander through the back area of a dirty bookstore to catch people yanking it behind closed doors, at least where I worked they didn't waste time and money actually arresting anyone--just gave them a warning (and told me to keep a "better eye on things". Sure, officer, I'll get right on that)

Even if it's a slow night for the cops, just driving up and down some dark alleys or circling the 24-hour mini-marts to establish a law enforcement presence would be vastly more productive.

581 days ago
142.

spectator72    

Sounds like this cop couldn't catch a cold let alone a crook .So the crime of the day a masterbator .
If I was a cop I be ashamed to say I had to finger print a penis

581 days ago
143.

Thoughtfull    

Also you got it right Harvey and the TMZ staff are ridiculous to even argue that the private stalls are just for previewing movies. What do they put the Kleenex in there as a courtesy for people with allergies?

581 days ago
144.

Thoughtfull    

Suddenly I'm a fan of Nick Stahl. This guy needs a break I mean just how hard was the cop looking to try and see him. I bet the store called the police when they noticed Nick in the store to get the publicity.

581 days ago
145.

maury    

HE WAS IN A PRIVATE BOOTH IN PORN STORE....HE WAS ALONE, BOTHING NO ONE.... THIS IS WORSE THAN ENTRAPMENT. WHAT RIGHT DID THE POLICE HAVE TO OPEN THE DOOR OF A PRIVATE BOOTH......

581 days ago
146.

p38l5    

Lets see. In a porn shop private booth. No one can see. Unless he leaves a "deposit" on the floor, WHO CARES??? Though why he doesn't use the Internet......

581 days ago
147.

Georgiagirl    

Umm who is he hurting? A bunch of people who watch movies of strangers having sex and/or playing with themselves probably aren't offended. We have jack shacks where you go in a room with a model for that purpose so why would a private booth in a porn store with a box of tissues be an unusual place to choke one out? That's like busting folks for smoking in a cigar shop isn't it?

581 days ago
148.

Pitt    

Of ALL the Problems and Violence in LA, The LA PD has nothing better to do, than go to Adult Bookstore and bother some guy jerking off in a booth? They need to be bothering Gang and Drug Dealers, go arrest some guy beating his wife, not his meat.

581 days ago
149.

cschafer    

Funny....I don't see John Doe, Joe Schmoe or Joe Blow's name plastered all over the internet because he touched himself in a porno store. Why is it allowed to publish an actor's name? How absolutely degrading for him.

581 days ago
150.

ex    

LMAO....HE WAS SIGHTED & THEN RELEASED.....Sounds like the title of the next gay porn.

581 days ago
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