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Oscar winner Reese Witherspoon arrested in Atlanta

Reese Witherspoon, left, and her husband James Toth

Reese Witherspoon, left, and her husband James Toth

WITHERSPOON STATEMENT

"Out of respect for the ongoing legal situation, I cannot comment on everything that is being reported right now. But I do want to say, I clearly had one drink too many and I am deeply embarrassed about the things I 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."

Oscar-winning actress Reese Witherspoon was arrested in Atlanta for alleged disorderly conduct after her husband, talent agent James Toth, was stopped by police on suspicion of drunken driving, online Hollywood magazine Variety reported on Sunday.

Witherspoon, 37, was arrested early on Friday after she quarreled with officers who had taken Toth, 42, into custody during a traffic stop of the couple on Peachtree Street, Variety said, citing an Atlanta police report.

Toth, who was behind the wheel, was pulled over when he crossed a double line on the road, Variety said, citing the police report. Appearing disheveled and smelling of alcohol, he then failed a blood-alcohol breath test administered at the scene, according to the report.

Witherspoon was warned to stay inside the vehicle, but after her husband's arrest, she got out of the automobile and said, "she was a 'U.S. citizen' and that she had the right to 'stand on American ground,'" according to Variety.

Witherspoon herself was then arrested on suspicion of disorderly conduct.

The magazine, citing the arresting police officer's account in the report, said: "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 report cited by Variety further quoted Witherspoon as telling the officer, "You're going to be on national news."

Witherspoon was in Gwinnett earlier this month filming "The Good Lie" at Athens Kouzzina inside Sugarloaf Mills Mall.

The couple was released from custody at about 3:30 a.m. on Friday, and were scheduled to appear in court on Monday, but sources told Variety that their attorney is expected to request a later date.

The couple married in 2011 and have a son together. Witherspoon has two children from her first husband, actor Ryan Phillippe.

Witherspoon won an Oscar for her work in the 2005 film about country music star Johnny Cash, "Walk the Line," in which she played his wife, June Carter Cash.

Comments

mustardandbiscuit 1 year, 5 months ago

Well, that stupid little moron?! I'll never watch another one of her movies...ever!

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Kat 1 year, 5 months ago

I'm just picturing her being booked into the Fulton County Jail.

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Haughton 1 year, 5 months ago

Will never understand how Entertainers and Politicians with access to private transportation drive drunk and put people's lives in danger.

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NewsReader 1 year, 5 months ago

LOL, "...Don't you know who I am..." "...Yeah, you are the dumb actress that is about to go to jail because you are acting stupid..." I am so done with the arrogance and egos of these celebrities. They act like their status of a celebrity gives them a free pass to ignore the rules of behavior. I love Reese Witherspoon, but she deserves it and hopefully she will learn from this experience unlike some of her colleagues like Lindsey Loban.

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Oliver 1 year, 5 months ago

I think it's pretty ironic that she told the officer that "he's going to be on national news". Well she sure was right about that one. It's about the only the thing that she did get right while drunk.


I think a bunch of hours doing community service for "the little people of the country" would be a good punishment for her arrogance. Don't let her plea out and pay a fine.

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kevin 1 year, 5 months ago

no matter how much people say they are feed up with these "stars," they keep spending money on their dumb movies. Haven't been to a show in 5 yrs and love it.

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