Cops tell the Weekly he was arrested on suspicion of committing a lewd act about 8 p.m. in the 5500 block of Hollywood Boulevard.
That happens to be where …
.. there's a little adult bookstore and arcade called X Spot.
A little aside here: Following Fred Willard's summer arrest based on similar suspicions at one of the filthiest little adult businesses in town, the Tiki theater on Santa Monica Boulevard near South Western Avenue, can we just say that we're impressed?
Here's the thing: The Hollywood celeb stereotype — and there's some truth to it — paints us an image of a well-pedicured, Brentwood-living class of people fed an organic, Bristol Farms diet and fueled by Urth Caffe's best off-menu javas.
But no, Stahl and Williard allegedly — allegedly — have been stalking some of the seedier, drug-strewn and most-colorful parts of town in search of the kind of inner-city adventure only the east side of Hollywood can deliver.
Arrested? They should be commended by metropolitan enthusiasts everywhere for seeking out the true culture of greater Thai Town/Little Armenia/EastHo. Those places are no day spas, you dig? Urban exploration at its finest.
Anyway, LAPD Officer Norma Eisenman says Stahl was cited and released with a court date.
TMZ, which broke the story, notes that the actor has all but disappeared in recent times and has undergone rehab.
The site says vice officers, at least one of whom was also involved in the Willard arrest, allegedly caught him mid-diddle in a porn-video booth at the location in question.
The actor told the site that it was all a misunderstanding. (Perhaps he was just shifting his gears).
We know it's a quality-of-life crime but, frankly, if there's going to be self-stimulation in public, we want it to be in a semi-private booth at Hollywood Boulevard and Western Avenue (or at the Tiki, for that matter).
Perhaps the city should establish jerk-free zones and allow the Willards of this world to carry on (allegedly) in these dark places where this kind of stuff happens.
After all, arresting a guy for spanking it at an adult arcade is like busting someone for drinking at a bar.
The jerk store called. It wants its customers back.
Agreed, however: If we lived around the corner from said retail establishment, we wouldn't want to live around the corner from said retail establishment. But, from what we understand, there's been some serious crime — rapes, robbery — in Hollywood lately.
Aren't there bigger fish out there than Nick (Who?) Stahl?