Reese Witherspoon 'arrested for disorderly conduct'
Published 22/04/2013 | 07:42
Hollywood golden girl Reese Witherspoon has apologised after being arrested, handcuffed and jailed for alleged disorderly conduct in the US.
Witherspoon, who won an Academy Award for her role in Walk the Line in 2005, was reportedly in the car when Jim Toth was spotted by police weaving across a double line in Atlanta.
A US police report which Independent.ie has obtained says Reese repeatedly disobeyed instructions from the police to stay inside the car and had to be handcuffed while her husband was being arrested for alleged drink-driving.
"Mrs Witherspoon began to hang out the window and say that she did not believe that I was a real police officer," the report quoted one policeman as saying. "I told Mrs Witherspoon to sit on her butt and be quiet."
It went on: "Mrs Witherspoon asked 'Do you know my name', I answered 'No, I don't need to know your name.' I then added 'Right now.' Mrs Witherspoon stated, 'You're about to find out who I am'."
The pair were taken to a police station and later released on bond. They are due in court on Monday but their lawyers are expected to ask for a delay.
Witherspoon later issued a statement apologising for her behaviour.
"I clearly had one drink too many and I am deeply embarrassed about the things I said," she said. "It was definitely a scary situation and I was frightened for my husband, but that is no excuse. I was disrespectful to the officer who was just doing his job. I have nothing but respect for the police and I'm very sorry for my behavior."
Witherspoon said she can't comment further "out of respect" for the pending case, and her publicist, Meredith O'Sullivan Wasson, offered no other details.
The incident will embarrass the veteran actress, who, unlike many of her contemporaries, has long avoided controversy, run-ins with the law and humiliating public meltdowns.
Witherspoon, 37, and Toth, who is also her agent, were married in March 2011 and had their first child together in September 2012.
The actress has two children with her former husband, Ryan Philippe.