( 4UMF NEWS ) Fred Willard Talks Arrest:
Fred Willard said his recent lewd conduct arrest at an adult movie theater was “very embarrassing” but insisted he did nothing wrong.
The 72-year-old actor and Fallon cracked racy jokes about possible titles for the movie that might have been playing when Willard was arrested July 18 during a routine check by police at the Hollywood-area theater.
“Fred, I know this must be a tough time,” host Fallon asked.
“It’s very embarrassing. It’s as embarrassing as hell,” Willard replied. “But let me say this: Nothing happened. I did nothing wrong. Everything is being sorted out as we speak.”
He has great respect for the police, Willard added, “but if you’re in the wrong place at the wrong time, everything seems suspicious.”
He’s tried to laugh it off but the incident is “very painful,” said Willard, who was fired as narrator of the new PBS series “Market Warriors” immediately after his arrest.
The Los Angeles City Attorney‘s office determined that Willard’s case was eligible for a diversion program that will keep him from being formally charged with lewd conduct if he completes the required courses. Willard will pay $380 for the program.
Fallon was sympathetic to Willard.
“You’re a good man. … You’re one of my favorites,” Fallon said, then needled him with, “You can come to our show and do whatever the heck you want, except for certain things.”