US actor Fred Willard (A Mighty Wind, Back to You, Everybody Loves Raymond, Modern Family) has been fired as host of PBS factual series Market Warriors after he was arrested for a “lewd act” in an adult theatre.
Los Angeles Police Department said Mr. Willard was arrested after he was seen “engaging in a lewd act” by vice officers on routine inspection in the 5400 block of Santa Monica Boulevard, the location of the Tiki Theater. He was later booked and released.
PBS said Thursday that he had lost his job as the wisecracking narrator of its new show Market Warriors.
TMZ reports there were only 4 others in the movie theatre at the time of his arrest.
Willard said of the police arrest, “I have great respect for them.
“It’s a difference of opinion. It’s all being straightened out as we speak.”
His lawyer added, “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.”
Update: Willard will avoid formal charges of lewd conduct by enrolling in a diversion program says LA Attorney’s Office.
Source: NY Times