Paul Reubens, who created the PeeWee Herman character and was arrested in July 1991 for masturbating publicly in an adult theater, tells Playboy magazine that he could have won the case with the help of a Masters and Johnson Institute expert.
The expert "was going to testify that in 30 years of research on masturbation the institute had never found one person who masturbated with his or her nondominant hand. I’m right-handed, and the police report said I was jerking off with my left hand. That would have been the end of the case right there, proof it couldn’t have been me," Reubens tells the magazine.
So why did he end up pleading no contest? Reubens says he didn’t want that revealed in court and have to "listen to Jay and Arsenio and others for another two weeks."
Reubens added that his arrest a decade later for possessing child pornography was based on "nothing offensive." The items confiscated by the police were things such as a "a crudely done painting I got at a thrift store. It’s of a football stadium. In the foreground the football players are out on the field in mid-play, but they don’t have pants on. When I found it I thought, Oh my God, that is the greatest painting I’ve ever seen in my life! It’s hilarious," Reubens says. "They made it sound as if I had a huge homoerotic collection, which I didn’t."