UPDATE: Reese Witherspoon ‘deeply embarrassed’ over arrest
Oscar-winning actress Reese Witherspoon said she was “deeply embarrassed” by her arrest in Atlanta for alleged disorderly conduct after her husband, talent agent James Toth, was stopped by police on suspicion of drunken driving.
Witherspoon, 37, was arrested early 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.
She issued a statement early Monday. “I clearly had one drink too many and I am deeply embarrassed by 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.
‘The words I used that night definitely do not reflect who I am. I have nothing but respect for the police and I’m very sorry for my behavior.”
Toth, who was behind the wheel, was pulled over when he crossed a double line on the road, Variety magazine 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 for 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.”
The couple was released from custody at about 3:30 a.m. on Friday, and were scheduled to appear in court 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.