Some potentially good news for actor/comedian Fred Willard, who was arrested for lewd conduct Wednesday at a movie theater in Hollywood: He will not be prosecuted.
According to what insider sources revealed to TMZ on Friday (July 20), the Los Angeles City Attorney is willing to drop any notion of prosecuting Willard as long as he enrolls in the city’s Alternative Prosecution Program, which is described as a two-week course on obeying the laws relating to Willard’s alleged offense.
The “Anchorman” actor’s offense, for which he has reportedly claimed innocence, was getting caught with his pants down in the Tiki Theater in Hollywood when LAPD undercover vice officers went into the theater Wednesday night. The local authorities told TMZ that they were not conducting a raid of the theater, just a random walk-through, which they are permitted to do as stated in the theater’s license agreement.
It is not yet known whether Willard will agree to enter the program or not. TMZ claims if he does, he won’t be prosecuted — but if he doesn’t, the City Attorney can file charges.
In other good news for Willard, the production of his next film, “The Yank,” has officially received a start date. “The Yank,” which is billed as a “hilarious Irish-American romantic comedy,” is set to begin filming July 23 in Cleveland, Ohio, at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Filming is scheduled to wrap in Ireland in late September. Willard stars alongside actors Colm Meaney (“Get Him to the Greek,” “Layer Cake”) and Kevin Farley (“2Gether,” “Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star”).
Willard is best known for his comedic work on television and in films like “Everybody Loves Raymond,” “King of the Hill,” “Modern Family,” “This Is Spinal Tap,” “Roxanne,” “Waiting for Guffman,” “Best in Show,” “American Wedding,” “Anchorman,” “Wall-E” and “Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle.”