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Adult theater where Fred Willard arrested is frequent LAPD target

July 19, 2012 | 12:38 pm

 The manager of the adult theater in Hollywood where actor-comedian Fred Willard was arrested said Los Angeles police have conducted checks there dozens of times since late 2011.

Tiki Theater manager Kazi Jafor said that since November 2011, officers have been to the theater 40 times and made 23 arrests.

Jafor said the theater displays in writing rules against lewd conduct. "If we see anybody in this activity, we try to stop them," he said.

He said three adult movies were showing on a continuous loop, including the "Client List" parody and "Follow Me 2."  Several people were in the theater when two uniformed vice officers conducted  a spot check Wednesday night around 7:45 p.m.

Jafor said he saw the officers talking to the 72-year-old actor before they placed him in handcuffs.

"The police officers were telling him he did something wrong, he denied it," Jafor said.

According to the LAPD, Willard "engaged in a lewd act," but police did not elaborate. The officers were part of a prostitution enforcement detail.

Willard was booked and released on his own recognizance, Slater said. Willard’s publicist, Glenn Schwartz, said he had “absolutely no comment” on the matter.

Willard's credits include "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy," "This is Spinal Tap" and "Wall-E."

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