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Fred Willard Arrested at XXX Movie Theater for Lewd Conduct

By Andrew Lu on July 19, 2012 9:57 AM

Actor Fred Willard was arrested at a seedy Hollywood adult movie theater called the Tiki Theater for lewd conduct, Fox News reports.

It's not clear what type of lewd conduct Willard was allegedly engaged in at the time of his arrest, but XXX movies with titles like "Step Dad No. 2" were reportedly playing at the theater. You probably won't want to create a mental picture.

Perhaps someone should tell the 72-year-old actor about the Internet, where one can watch limitless amounts of XXX movies and engage in all sorts of legal lewd conduct in the privacy of one's own home. That may have saved him from this embarrassing arrest.

Hollywood undercover vice officers were conducting a routine inspection of the adult movie house Wednesday night when they arrested Fred Willard, reports Fox News. The arrest happened shortly before 9 p.m.

Willard was taken to a police station where he was booked and released, reports Fox News. Generally, in California, someone arrested for lewd conduct is charged with disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor. So Willard could potentially face up to a year in jail if convicted.

However, given the nature of the crime, Willard's age, and his high-profile status, it seems unlikely that he'll be locked up. As comparison, actor Pee Wee Herman famously exposed himself in an adult theater over 20 years ago and did not go to jail.

Despite being caught with his pants down, Fred Willard's criminal defense team may be able to argue that his arrest was a giant misunderstanding. After all, he is rumored to be in pre-production for a movie called "The Yank," writes Fox News. So his lewd conduct could simply be method acting.

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