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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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76.

LISA    

He should fight this ticket in court – he will get off if the cop doesn’t show up. Can you imagine how embarrassing the cop’s testimony would be?

608 days ago
77.

JesusSaves    

Those "booths" must be one of the filthiest AIDS

608 days ago
78.

Hefe    

All the real crime going on in the city and this is what they're wasting their time on?

608 days ago
79.

Thetruth    

I can tell you what happen... The cop went into the shop to watch a porn, he went to find a private room, he found one that was unlock turn the door opened it and found him masterbating. The cop got mad because he saw him doing it and slap him with a ticket LOL

608 days ago
80.

Michelle     

Wait a minute. He was booked for jacking off in a private booth! WTF is wrong with the LAPD? What were they doing even entering a PRIVATE booth? Smdh!!!! Next time do that **** at home dummy!

608 days ago
81.

Miki    

In a private store, in a private booth...why is this a lewd act (which has to be in public)?

608 days ago
82.

SeeSomethingSaySomething    

Just because it's called a private (as in not shared?) booth doesn't mean there's an actual legitimate expectation of privacy, as say there is in your home where the risk of someone wandering in/ just seeing you choking the chicken is practically non existent.... Unless you never lock your doors and leave all of your windows open. why couldn't he have just rented a movie and beat his dick at home? I don't understand this behavior. Degenerates among you, explain please.

608 days ago
83.

Kevin    

Must've been some kind of glory hole situation? Maybe the cop was on the other side of the wall!

608 days ago
84.

Majestik    

Welcome to L.A.P.D.'s finest.
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The Porno Patrol. If you caress, we must arrest.
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GEEZ, what's a guy to do to get his wank on?

608 days ago
85.

tleeg    

S***my Hollywood must be crime free since they are gearing their efforts on guys polishing the one eyed dolphin...who really cares?? Great waste of time cops....im glad my taxes are paying are paying you to hang out in porno stores and look at porno all night

608 days ago
86.

tleeg    

Hey TMZ....why cant i say S****y? Its not a bad word....morons.

608 days ago
87.

zoe    

Unbelievable. PeeWee Herman's career was destroyed for similar reasons, all over a complete non-issue. Poor guy, this is BS. That's like going to a restaurant and getting arrested because you ate food.

608 days ago
88.

Ave Joe    

He was In there Doing ReSearch work
You're Kidding me Right?

608 days ago
89.

billybob    

Seriously ... is this a SkyNet thing that all possible John Conners turn into f.ucked up loosers who even couldn't lead her piss in the right direction??

608 days ago
90.

JPyle66621    

meanwhile, someone is being murdered in an alley while someone who is performing a "lewd act" gets arrested

608 days ago
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