Reese Witherspoon was arrested for disorderly conduct last month when she pulled a patented “Don’t you know who I am?” routine at the site of her husband Jim Toth‘s DUI arrest. Thus began the wide-eyed starlet’s PR rehab, since she had always seemed like such a nice celebrity, and not one who would play the “I’m famous” card with a police officer.
First, Witherspoon released a statement where she said she was “disrespectful” to the police officer, is “deeply embarrassed” by the things she said and cites the “scary situation” for her reaction, though admits that is no excuse.
“It’s 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,” says Witherspoon. “And it’s just completely unacceptable. And we are so sorry and embarrassed. And we know better.”
“It was just poor judgment,” the actress continues. “I think we made a mistake. It’s something that will absolutely never happen again. Just bad judgment.”
Host George Stephanapoulos also gives Witherspoon a chance to address her “Do you know my name?” comments, saying that doesn’t sound like the Reese we know and love.
“I agree. I have no idea what I was saying that night,” responds Reese. “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.”
At this, she laughs to herself a little and says, “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.”
Witherspoon goes on to say she apologized to the Atlanta police department and that she has had to talk to her kids about it, which has been the hardest part.
“I had to say that’s the hardest part, having to tell our kids,” says Reese, who has daughter Ava, 13, and son Deacon, 9, from her marriage to Ryan Phillippe. “You have to say when you make a mistake, you have to take responsibility. And we are taking responsibility and doing everything in our power to make it right. You just have to be honest with them. That was definitely the hardest part.”
She finishes the interview by talking about learning her lesson.
“When a police officer tells you to stay in the car, you stay in the car,” she laughs. “I think I’ve played a lawyer so many times in movies, I think I am a lawyer. And clearly I’m not a lawyer. So, I learned a lot.”
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