The Oscar winner apologizes, has court hearing set for May 22
Following her arrest with her husband, Jim Toth, early Friday morning after he was pulled over under suspicion of driving while intoxicated in Atlanta, Reese Witherspoon has released the following statement through her rep.
“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,” the statement says.
It continues: “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, 42, faces a DUI charge after driving in the wrong lane while the actress, 37, was arrested for disorderly conduct, according to the Atlanta Department of Corrections.
According to a police report obtained by Variety, once Toth was arrested, an agitated Witherspoon exited the car but was instructed to get back in. The officer then detailed how she resisted as he grabbed her arms and her husband tried to calm her down.
As the report states, “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.’ ”
After being jailed briefly, the couple were released on bond at 3:30 a.m. ET Friday. Witherspoon’s case was scheduled for a Monday morning hearing, but it was reset for May 22.
On Sunday night, the Oscar winner appeared upbeat as she posed for photographs at the premiere of her new movie, Mud, which Toth also attended. After about three minutes of posing for photos, she was escorted into the theater and did not give interviews.
• With reporting by JULIE JORDAN