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Witherspoon 'embarrassed' by arrest; hearing reset

By Kate Brumback

Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 01:46 a.m. HST, Apr 23, 2013

ATLANTA » A court hearing on a disorderly conduct charge has been rescheduled for actress Reese Witherspoon, who said she is "deeply embarrassed" by what she said to a state trooper during a traffic stop in Atlanta.

Witherspoon's case was scheduled for a hearing this morning, but it was reset for May 22. She was arrested Friday.

The Oscar-winning actress released a statement late Sunday apologizing for her behavior when her husband, Hollywood agent Jim Toth, was arrested and accused of driving under the influence of alcohol. Toth also had a hearing set for Monday, but it was rescheduled for May 23.

The actress didn't appear in court. She was in New York on Sunday night attending the premiere of her new movie "Mud." She posed for cameras on the red carpet but did not stop to talk to reporters.

"Do you know my name?" Witherspoon is quoted as saying in a state trooper's report of the early Friday incident. She also said: "You're about to find out who I am" and "You're about to be on national news," according to the report.

"I clearly had one drink too many and I am deeply embarrassed about the things I said," Witherspoon 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."

Witherspoon said she can't comment further "out of respect" for the pending case, and her publicist, Meredith O'Sullivan Wasson, offered no other details.

The 37-year-old actress was arrested on a municipal charge of disorderly conduct after a state trooper said she wouldn't stay in the car while Toth was given a field sobriety test.

The trooper noticed the car driven by her husband wasn't staying in its lane early Friday morning, so he pulled the couple over. He reported that Toth had droopy eyelids, watery, bloodshot eyes, and his breath smelled strongly of alcohol.

Toth told the trooper he'd had a drink, which Witherspoon said was consumed at a restaurant two hours before the traffic stop, the trooper wrote.

Before the field sobriety test began, Witherspoon got out of the car, but then got back in when she was ordered to, the report said. After the "Walk the Line" star got out a second time, the trooper said he warned her that she would be arrested if she left the car again.

As the test continued, "Mrs. Witherspoon began to hang out the window and say that she did not believe that I was a real police officer. I told Mrs. Witherspoon to sit on her butt and be quiet," Trooper First Class J. Pyland wrote.

Toth, 42, was then placed under arrest. He was charged with driving under the influence and failure to maintain the lane.

At that point, the report says, Witherspoon got out and asked the trooper what was going on. After being told to return to the car, she "stated that she was a 'US Citizen' and that she was allowed to 'stand on American ground,'" the report states.

The trooper then began to arrest Witherspoon. The report says Witherspoon was resistant at first but was calmed down by her husband.

Toth and Witherspoon were then taken to jail.

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pandadaddy wrote:
Name droppers are pathetic.
on April 21,2013 | 02:23PM
RetiredWorking wrote:
panda, I guess the trooper didn't recognize her as a brunette.
on April 22,2013 | 10:38AM
allie wrote:
she is a has-been anyway
on April 21,2013 | 02:27PM
joshislost wrote:
LOL. This coming from you. You NEVER was
on April 21,2013 | 03:57PM
Anonymous wrote:
The comment is for allie. I was Anonymous and I don't know why. Weird.
on April 22,2013 | 04:32PM
turbolink wrote:
In your world no one is superior to you, but last time we counted, she has at least one more Oscar than you do, and a lot more class, given her to the point apology, than you.
on April 22,2013 | 01:27PM
Anonymous wrote:
Allie has delusions of grandeur.
on April 22,2013 | 04:25PM
Anonymous wrote:
She is not a has-been. Obviously you can't afford a movie ticket. You always bash people that are so much more successful than you will ever be. That said, she had too much to drink and sad some stupid stuff. Kind of like you say stupid stuff all the time. Yes she screwed up and she is sorry.
on April 22,2013 | 04:24PM
yrusodz wrote:
allie "she is a has-been anyway" and you are...the village id*ot!! Yikes!!!
on April 23,2013 | 03:08AM
CloudForest wrote:
We live in a Police State - welcome to the knowledge of that fact of information Reese - now you know too.
on April 21,2013 | 02:31PM
scooters wrote:
Live in A Police State? Really? Maybe your name should read: MyHeadinCloud!
on April 21,2013 | 03:48PM
yrusodz wrote:
no should be ILikeMeth
on April 23,2013 | 03:04AM
patk wrote:
Another arrogant b**ch who thinks they are above the law. At least her husband appears to have some class and was compliant.
Anyone who is confrontational with a law enforcement officer should get an automatic punch in the face, with the squad car camera as witness.
on April 21,2013 | 05:04PM
cojef wrote:
Her husband knows better than to impede a valid traffic stop. He was arrested after his sobriety was determined. The article further states that he also represents the actor in the movie "Mud". Must be an agent or lawyer.
on April 22,2013 | 07:52AM
Anonymous wrote:
He was the one that was drunk driving . LOL So that is class. They should have taken a cab home.
on April 22,2013 | 04:28PM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
Doesn't sound like she broke any law, just another cop on a power trip that thinks he can issue orders that must be followed, even when you're not suspected of committing any crime.
on April 21,2013 | 10:30PM
patk wrote:
Cop needs to be able to control the situation especially when they are alone. If there were 10 people in the car, should they all be allowed to exit the vehicle and surround the lone officer? That is how an explosive situation starts.
on April 22,2013 | 10:16AM
Anonymous wrote:
I hate to tell you but drunk driving is a crime and interfering with an officer isn't to smart. This is what alcohol does to people.
on April 22,2013 | 04:29PM
inHilo wrote:
Not guilty of a crime? Sounds like a typical drunk driving stop to me. Anyone suggesting that the cops didn't have a right to keep her in the car has never had to deal with a couple of drunks. police state? I'm glad the police were there to keep them off the road. May have saved lives. Still like her work; we all make mistakes. At least this one ended up with no one getting hurt.
on April 22,2013 | 06:18AM
serious wrote:
Yes, but she voted for Obama!!---why the actors who make millions vote Democratic when they know they are voting for the tax and spend party and higher income taxes?? But most of the lower IQ's vote for the D's.
on April 22,2013 | 09:12AM
DDOrange wrote:
If we're going to generalize, then most of the R's are rednecked hillbillys with no discernible ranking to even qualify to have an IQ.
on April 22,2013 | 11:31AM
Anonymous wrote:
Come on, let's not talk politics right now>
on April 22,2013 | 04:30PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Star of "Walk the Line".


on April 22,2013 | 09:05AM
Ewasohappy wrote:
And "Mud" as in my name is....
on April 23,2013 | 07:15AM
bumby2day wrote:
Just like the Dog Chapman wife like to say that line DO YOU KNOW WHO I'M AM!!!!!!!!!!!!!
on April 22,2013 | 04:21PM
Anonymous wrote:
Anonymous was me. Why did this happen, anyone know? I am more that happy to be myself when commenting to allie. LOL!
on April 22,2013 | 04:33PM
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