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Fred Willard tells Jimmy Fallon: 'I did nothing wrong'

Actor-comedian Fred Willard wants to set the record straight following his July 18 arrest for suspicion of engaging in a lewd act at an adult movie theater. According to the "Best in Show" star, it’s all a big misunderstanding.Willard visited "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" on Thursday night and started with an ice-breaker before moving on to the serious stuff."You know, let me say this: It's the
Fred Willard tells "Late Night" host Jimmy Fallon his side of his recent adult theater arrest.
Fred Willard tells "Late Night" host Jimmy Fallon his side of his recent adult theater arrest.Lloyd Bishop / NBC via AP / Today

Actor-comedian Fred Willard wants to set the record straight following his July 18 arrest for suspicion of engaging in a lewd act at an adult movie theater. According to the "Best in Show" star, it’s all a big misunderstanding.

Willard visited "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" on Thursday night and started with an ice-breaker before moving on to the serious stuff.

"You know, let me say this: It's the last time I'm going to listen to my wife when she says, 'Why don't you go out and see a movie?' " Willard joked.

As for the movie in question, well, Willard insists he didn’t exactly plan that excursion.

"The whole adult theater thing -- I thought they were gone!" he said. "And I see this one, it has such a Polynesian, exotic look to it. I said, 'Maybe there’s hula dancers in here. Maybe there’s mai tais.' I went in, and I realized I was the only one awake and sober and conscious. ... It was like a trip down Alice in Wonderland -- down the rabbit hole."

And just as innocent, as far as he’s concerned.

"It’s embarrassing as hell, but let me say this: Nothing happened," Willard explained. "I did nothing wrong. Everything’s being sorted out as we speak."

The actor admitted that though he’s “tried to laugh it off,” it’s been a painful ordeal for him. And from his recollection of the outing, it definitely wasn’t worth it.

"My summary of the whole evening was: It’s an interesting theater, a boring movie and a great place to take a nap."

 

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