Witherspoon fined over conduct
Published 04/05/2013 | 07:16
Actress Reese Witherspoon has pleaded no contest to a disorderly conduct charge and paid a 100 fine US dollar (£64) fine after berating a law enforcement officer while her husband was given a sobriety test - an embarrassing exchange caught on a dashboard camera after the usually squeaky-clean Hollywood star had what she called "one too many" glasses of wine.
The video, which was first obtained by TMZ and publicly released by authorities on Friday, shows Witherspoon asking the Georgia state trooper after she was placed in custody, "Do you know my name?" and adding: "You're about to find out who I am."
Witherspoon's lively exchange had already been outlined in a police report, but the video offered a rare glimpse at the actress unfiltered. Witherspoon, an Oscar-winning actress who has built a wholesome professional image, apologized shortly after her arrest, saying she was "deeply embarrassed".
Municipal Court of Atlanta Deputy Solicitor Ronda Graham said in a statement that Witherspoon entered the plea and paid the fine, resolving the case.
During an interview with ABC on Thursday, Witherspoon said she panicked and said "all kinds of crazy things", including falsely claiming that she was pregnant at one point. She said during the interview that she had too much to drink before her arrest.
In the video, the 37-year-old argues with the trooper while he attempts to question her husband, Hollywood agent Jim Toth, after a traffic stop in Atlanta in the pre-dawn hours of April 19.
Toth pleaded guilty to a misdemeanour charge of drunken driving, Ms Graham said. He was fined 600 US dollars (£385) and ordered to perform 40 hours of community service and participate in a program for driving under the influence offenders.