Prosecutors settle with Pee-wee actor

March 19, 2004 at 7:23 PM
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HOLLYWOOD, March 19 (UPI) -- Pee-wee Herman's big misadventure with the U.S. legal system seems to have come to an end.

Paul Reubens, who delighted television and movie audiences with his scrawny geek character known as Pee-wee Herman, pleaded guilty in a Los Angeles court Friday to a misdemeanor obscenity charge and paid a $100 fine in a child pornography case, E!Online reported.

In exchange, Reubens got probation for the next three years, including one year of counseling, with the charge wiped from his record if he behaves.

Reubens could have faced up to one year in jail and a $2,500 fine if convicted of possessing child pornography.

Reubens claimed the offending images were part of a historical art-photography collection.

Reubens' successful TV career was derailed in 1991 after he was charged with exposing himself and masturbating during a Florida theater screening of the X-rated "Nancy Nurse." The resulting publicity led CBS to cancel "Pee-wee's Playhouse."

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