Reese Witherspoon‘s April 19 arrest might not have prevented her from attending the premiere of her new movie “Mud,” but it has stopped her from promoting it. After not speaking with reporters during the event, Witherspoon has now pulled out of scheduled television appearances this week.
The Washington Post reports that Witherspoon had been slated to visit “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” on April 23, but declined to appear. She also was supposed to film a pre-taped interview with “Good Morning America” on April 22 that would air April 24, but that also was canceled.
It’s unsurprising that Witherspoon would choose to back out of the interviews because whoever does get a chance to sit down with the actress would inevitably ask her about her arrest for disorderly conduct. Witherspoon has released her statement on the incident, and that’s likely as much as she’d like to discuss. But it’s a shame she’s denying “Mud” some much-needed press, as the film movie could only benefit from having her promote it — even if it is in light of her unsavory arrest.
Following Witherspoon’s arrest where she reportedly said things like “Do you know my name … you’re about to find out who I am” and “You are going to be on national news” to the arresting officer, she released a statement apologizing for her behavior.
“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. 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,” says Witherspoon in a statement.
Witherspoon’s disorderly conduct hearing is scheduled for May 22.