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Fred Willard will clear his name after lewd conduct arrest, lawyer says

July 20, 2012 |  4:46 am

Actor Fred Willard will clear his name after being arrested Thursday, his attorney said.

L.A. city prosecutors are mulling whether to file any charges against  Willard after police arrested him on suspicion of engaging in a lewd act during a routine inspection of an adult theater in Hollywood.

Willard's attorney on Thursday said 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," said Willard's lawyer, Paul Takakjian, in a statement to The Times.

In response to Willard's arrest, PBS announced Thursday that they would fire the actor from his job as narrator of the new Market Warriors series.

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 Tiki Theater 40 times and have made 23 arrests since November 2011, said theater manager Kazi Jafor.

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

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