Fred Willard Tweets After Arrest at Adult Movie Theater: 'Lousy Film'

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HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (KTLA) -- Comedian and actor Fred Willard has spoken out for the first time since his arrest last week at an adult movie theater in Hollywood, downplaying the incident giving a negative review of the film.

"Wait til u hear my version; much more PG, & my review, lousy film, but theater would make a terrific racquetball court," Willard tweeted Monday morning. "Full story 2 follow."

He also assured fans that while he was dumped from his narrating gig on PBS, he will still continue to host the ABC sketch comedy show "Trust Us With Your Life."

Willard, 72, was arrested Wednesday evening at the Tiki Theater, an adult movie theater located on Santa Monica Boulevard in Hollywood.

Willard was arrested in 1990 on similar lewd conduct charges.

Meanwhile, city prosecutors say Willard will not have to face jail time after being arrested on suspicion of lewd conduct.

Despite the earlier incident, Willard will be able to enroll in a "pre-filing diversion program" in lieu of a criminal filing, said Frank Mateljan, spokesman for City Atty. Carmen Trutanich.

The program costs about $380. There are diversion programs for a variety of offenses, including drug and alcohol abuse in addition to sex-related crimes.

Willard's attorneys have continued to deny any wrongdoing after he was arrested.

Los Angeles police say that vice officers on a routine inspection caught Willard in a lewd act -- reportedly with his pants down -- inside the theater.

Instructions are clearly posted all over the theater, prohibiting sexual activity and barring patrons from unzipping their pants.

On Thursday, Willard told a cameraperson that that it was all a big misunderstanding and that, "It didn't happen."

Willard's attorney, Paul Takakjian, said in a statement: "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 has been working steadily in Hollywood for the past several decades.

He has appeared in countless sitcoms, including "Modern Family" and "Raising Hope."

He is perhaps best known for his roles in Christopher Guest films including "Best in Show," "For Your Consideration," and "Waiting for Guffman."

Willard recently appeared on the KTLA Morning News to promote his new ABC sketch comedy show, "Trust Us With Your Life."

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