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Fred Willard to avoid prosecution over lewd conduct arrest

The This is Spinal Tap star will avoid being formally charged if he completes a “pre-filing diversion program”, according to the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office.

Spokesperson Frank Mateljan tells the Los Angeles Times, “I want to stress this was and is a filable case, and should the defendant choose not to enrol or not complete the program, we have the option of filing criminal charges within a year… Should he complete the course, we will consider the matter closed.”

The course will cost Willard $380 (£238), but he has already lost his job as narrator for the PBS reality TV show Market Warriors.

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Willard has maintained his innocence after the arrest for allegedly masturbating during a porn film at Hollywood’s Tiki Theater.

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