Back in 1991, Paul Reubens was on top of the world. Pee Wee Herman was a huge hit and there had been movies starring his character. That all changed when he got arrested for masturbating in an adult theatre.
This month he talked about that arrest for the first time in a Playboy interview. He says that had he gone to trial he would have been found not guilty.
“Had we gone to trial, we had ready an expert from the Masters and Johnson Institute who 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.”
I don't know if that would have been all that was needed. I mean he could have been doing something with his other hand. The arrest was a career ender or at least a two decade career staller so to me if he thinks he was innocent I don't see the point in pleading no contest. At that point he really had nothing to lose in trying to fight it.
I just remember that his arrest was everywhere and I still to this day vividly remember his mug shot. Because there was no internet back then, people had really not seen many pictures of Paul Reubens outside of his character and I think that mug shot more than just his arrest was the reason it had such a powerful impact. Plus he was doing a kids show. Getting caught masturbating in an adult theatre when you are hosting a kids show is not really the best career move. Should have just grabbed a porn and done it at home.