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

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Fred Willard tells "Late Night" host Jimmy Fallon his side of his recent adult theater arrest.

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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