TMZ.comreported that the 72-year-old was busted for allegedly pleasuing himself in a Hollywood adult movie theater.
He was released from custody later that same night.
Willard's lawyer, Paul Takakjian, released a statement on Thursday, claiming the actor's innocence. He 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."
Willard is best known for his roles in Anchorman, Best in Show and on Everybody Loves Raymond.
PBS FIRES FRED
After word of Willard's arrest broke, he was fired from PBS, where he had been serving as the host of Market Warriors.
TMZ.com reported that the network also sent an email to affiliates, telling them not to air any of the unaired episodes featuring Willard. PBS is already working on a new version of the show.
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