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Actor Fred Willard arrested for lewd conduct in LA

Fred Willard arrives at the fifth annual BritWeek in Los Angeles in April, 2011. Willard, who starred in such films as “Best in Show'' and “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy,'' was arrested in a Hollywood theater July 18, 2012, on suspicion of engaging in a lewd act, police said Wednesday.

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Comedic actor Fred Willard was arrested in Los Angeles on Wednesday night for lewd conduct in an adult movie theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles police said on Thursday.

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 booked for lewd conduct and later released, said a police department spokesman, who declined to detail the conduct.

Celebrity website TMZ reported Willard was caught by police watching movies with his pants down, but that could not be confirmed. A spokesman for Willard said he had no comment.

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Willard is a veteran comedic actor who has appeared in more than 200 films over a long career, and he currently is starring in a new improv TV show Trust Us With Your Life on ABC.

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