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Fred Willard arrested for lewd conduct at adult theater in Los Angeles


Actor Fred Willard arrives at The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Science's "The Last 70mm Film Festival" Screening Of "It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" at AMPAS Samuel Goldwyn Theater on July 9, 2012 in Beverly Hills, Calif.


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Actor Fred Willard was arrested for lewd conduct Wednesday night after police said an officer found him with his pants down at an adult theater in Los Angeles.

Willard, 72, known for his roles in films such as "This Is Spinal Tap" and "Best In Show" as well as an Emmy Award-winning turn in the TV series "Everybody Loves Raymond," was arrested at about 8:30 p.m. Wednesday by uniformed vice officers doing a routine inspection at the Tiki Theater on Santa Monica Boulevard,  Los Angeles police Sgt. Chuck Slater told the LA Times.

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According to TMZ, Willard was caught by police watching movies with his pants down, but that could not be confirmed.

A spokesman for Willard told Reuters he had no comment.

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Willard has appeared in more than 200 films over a long career, and is currently starring in a new improv TV show "Trust Us With Your Life," Reuters reported.

His arrest appears similar to that of actor Paul Reubens, aka Pee Wee Herman, who was arrested in an adult movie theater in 1991 for indecent exposure, according to Fox News.