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Actor Fred Willard did 'nothing' illegal, lawyer says

July 19, 2012 |  3:32 pm

Fred Willard's lawyer defended the actor's actions Thursday afternoon after police arrested him on suspicion of engaging in a lewd act during a routine inspection of an adult theater in Hollywood.

"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 LAPD vice officers arrested the 72-year-old actor Wednesday evening at the Tiki Theater in the 5400 block of 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 credits include "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy," "This is Spinal Tap" and "Wall-E."


Actor Fred Willard arrested for alleged lewd act in adult theater

Actor Fred Willard arrested during routine check of adult theater

Adult theater where Fred Willard arrested is frequent LAPD target

-- Melissa Leu and Kate Mather