Reese Witherspoon did her first interview since she and her husband were arrested in Atlanta. Witherspoon’s husband was driving their Ford Fusion (lol I’m sorry) home from a party when they were pulled over. They were both crazy drunk. He was arrested for driving under the influence while she was arrested for disorderly conduct, after trying to argue with the arresting officer.
Witherspoon has been very apologetic about the entire thing. She continued her apology tour on Good Morning America with George Stephanopoulos. Here are some more tidbits (via USA Today):
[It was] one of those nights. We went out to dinner in Atlanta, had one too many glasses of wine. We thought we were fine to drive and we absolutely were not. And it’s just completely unacceptable. And we are so sorry and embarrassed. And we know better. … It was just poor judgment. And I think we made a mistake. It’s something that will absolutely never happen again. Just bad judgment.
Stephanopoulos brought up her “do you know my name” tactic, saying it “didn’t sound like the Reese Witherspoon we know and love.” lol okay. Witherspoon said,
I agree. I have no idea what I was saying that night. I saw him arresting my husband and I literally panicked. I said all kinds of crazy things. I told him I was pregnant. I’m not pregnant! I said crazy things.
She started laughing a bit, so she clarified,
You only hear me laughing because I had no idea what I was talking about and I am so sorry. I was so disrespectful to him. I have police officers in my family. I work with police officers every day. I know better.
She went on to blah blah blah about how hard it was to tell her kids and how ashamed she was etc and so forth dance party. Again, I give her publicist a big A+.
Reese Witherspoon was arrested recently for thinking she was back on the set of Sweet Home Alabama where it would be acceptable to sass a police officer. She and her husband, Jim Toth, were pulled over because Toth was driving drunk and Witherspoon wouldn’t stay in the car or stop agitating the police officer. She was very drunk. They were both jailed and booked.
Did anyone else think it was odd that Witherspoon’s mugshot wasn’t head-on? That she was looking down? Yeah, that’s because it is odd. From People Magazine:
“You can’t look down in the photograph,” says Atlanta criminal defense attorney Peter Odom. “The whole point of a mugshot is for identification purposes. To my knowledge, there is no exception to this rule.”
I guess before they arrived, someone made sure they knew what her name was. The officers, however, don’t really see a problem with Witherspoon not looking directly at the camera.
“She was wobbly,” explains a police source within the Atlanta Department of Corrections. “She didn’t need help walking, but she wasn’t at a point where we could get a really clear picture.”
“On another picture, she sort of bent down at the waist and we got the top of her head,” says the source. “She wasn’t being difficult or rude, but her motor skills weren’t what they needed to be.”
Oh, totally, no prob, don’t ask her to stand up straight and stop moving for 5 seconds or anything. If you’ve ever gone to the Faces of Meth site you’ll see that hundres of meth addicts managed to stand still for 5 seconds and got a regular mugshot, but whatever.
I guess not being a regular like Lohan, Witherspoon was a little camera shy.
Reese Witherspoon, America’s Sweetheart or whatever, was arrested with her husband for drunk driving and disorderly conduct. And unlike Amanda Bynes and Lindsay Lohan, Ms. Witherspoon knows how to give good statement. Her publicist is very smart. Her statement, via TMZ:
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 was 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 am very sorry for my behavior.
By “the things I said” she was referring to the classic “do you know who I am/what my name is” line.
I’m not saying let’s throw her a parade for saying exactly what someone should after being arrested for drunk driving, but I’m saying it’s refreshing to see a celebrity own up to their mistakes and take full blame. Unlike Lindsay “It Was Totally My Assistant’s Fault, Swearsies” Lohan.
Their separate hearings are scheduled for May 22 and 23 in Atlanta. Sorry for the quality of that mugshot, it’s the best one that’s out there right now that isn’t the side by side one with her husband.
Here’s some photos of Witherspoon and Mr. Witherspoon leaving their NYC hotel yesterday (August 21), right as the DUI news was about to burst. She looks smug as hell, but take a photo at the right time and anyone can look like anything.