Fred Willard did nothing wrong, adult theater manager says
As authorities decide whether to press charges against Fred Willard, the manager of an adult theater where Willard was arrested this week said the actor did nothing wrong.
L.A. city prosecutors are mulling Willard's case after police, during a routine inspection of the theater, arrested him on suspicion of engaging in a lewd act.
Willard's attorney on Thursday defended the actor and said he 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," Willard's lawyer, Paul Takakjian, said in a statement to The Times.
Uniformed LAPD vice officers arrested the 72-year-old actor Wednesday evening at the Tiki Theater in the 5400 block of Santa Monica Boulevard.
The manager of the theater, Kazi Jafor, told E! Entertainment in an interview that he didn't see Willard do anything improper during his visit and questioned the police action.
Officers have inspected the Tiki Theater 40 times and have made 23 arrests since November 2011, Jafor said.
In response to Willard's arrest, PBS announced Thursday that it would fire the actor from his job as narrator of its new "Market Warriors" series. The actor's credits include "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy," "This is Spinal Tap" and "Wall-E."
-- Melissa Leu, Andrew Blankstein and Kate Mather