Legally Blonde star Reese Witherspoon was arrested for disorderly conduct over the weekend after her talent agent husband Jim Toth was pulled over on suspicion of drink driving.
The Oscar-winning actress got into a quarrel with a police officer after she and her husband were stopped in Atlanta, Georgia on Friday night.
A car containing the Hollywood couple was observed swerving across its lane, according to Variety, which obtained a police report about the incident.
“Mrs. Witherspoon began to hang out the window and say that she did not believe I was a real police officer,” said the policeman who pulled the couple over.
“I told Mrs. Witherspoon to sit on her butt and be quiet. 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.’… Mrs. Witherspoon also stated, ‘You’re going to be on national news.’ I advised Mrs. Witherspoon that was fine.”
Witherspoon issued a statement about the incident on Sunday, apologising for her behaviour and expressing embarrassment.
“Out of respect for the ongoing legal situation, I cannot comment on everything that is being reported right now,” she said. “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 is no excuse. I was disrespectful to the officer who was just doing his job. I have nothing but respect for the police and I’m very sorry for my behaviour.”
Following the incident, Witherspoon and Toth were both booked and released from custody in the early hours of Saturday morning.
The pair were in Atlanta working on Witherspoon’s new film The Good Lie.