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Actor Fred Willard on arrest: ‘Wait til u hear my version’

July 23, 2012 | 12:29 pm

Fred Willard's arrest at an adult movie theater isn't stopping the actor from offering his thumbs-down critique of the X-rated film and the Tiki Theater in Hollywood.

"Wait til u hear my version; much more PG," Willard tweeted Monday morning. "& my review, lousy film, but theater would make a terrific racquetball court. Full story 2 follow."

Willard, who was arrested last week on suspicion of lewd conduct, will not be criminally charged if he completes a diversion program. At the time of the arrest, three adult movies were showing on a continuous loop, including the "Client List" parody and "Follow Me 2." 

Willard's attorney has maintained that the actor did nothing wrong.

"With all due respect to the individual officer, our belief [is] that Fred did nothing in any violation of any law. We will be working vigorously to clear his name in this matter," Paul Takakjian said in a statement to The Times.

City prosecutors said that Willard had a previous lewd conduct arrest dating back to 1990.

"I want to stress this was and is a fileable case, and should the defendant choose not to enroll or not complete the program, we have the option of filing criminal charges within a year," said Frank Mateljan, spokesman for City Atty. Carmen Trutanich.

The program is administered by an outside vendor and costs about $380. There are diversion programs for a variety of offenses, including drug and alcohol abuse, in addition to sex-related crimes.

Uniformed vice officers with the Los Angeles Police Department arrested the 72-year-old actor Wednesday evening at the Tiki Theater on Santa Monica Boulevard.

Officers have inspected the theater 40 times and have made 23 arrests since November, theater manager Kazi Jafor said.

PBS fired Willard from his job as narrator of its new "Market Warriors" series, noting that the case would be a distraction. Willard's movie credits include "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy," "This Is Spinal Tap" and "Best in Show."

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-- Andrew Blankstein

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