So, yesterday we posted the news on how Anchorman actor Fred Willard was arrested for “lewd conduct” after he was allegedly caught with his pants down at an adult movie hall. Undercover vice cops supposedly found the actor, how do we put this delicately, servicing himself? Unzipped pants, his little Willard out in full view. He was arrested but released quickly, but not quickly enough for the story to not surface. This whole thing sounds really WTF to us, and it’s getting a little weirder thanks to his weak defensive statements. Willard told TMZ that the whole “lewd conduct” arrest was just a ” big misunderstanding” and also said that “It didn’t happen.” So the cops booked him for nothing? His response was it was “a difference of opinion” and this is the really strange one — that him going to the adult theatre was prompted by “a strange situation.” Strange situation? We’re rolling our eyes.
His lawyer, Paul Takakjian, is being a lot more straightforward regarding his client’s defence. He released a statement that said, “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.” Perhaps he should re-think the use of the word “vigorously” considering the nature of the offense Willard was arrested for. Whatever the verdict is, whether he’s innocent or not, the fall-out has been quite swift and brutal. Willard has already been fired from his gig on PBS’ Market Warriors, and apparently, the network is already working on a new show that does not have the actor in it. Looks like he’s already been proven guilty.
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