Reese Witherspoon apologized on Sunday for comments she made to Atlanta police officers after she and her husband, Jim Toth, were arrested over the weekend on alcohol-related charges, saying that she was “deeply embarrassed.”
Toth, 42, and Witherspoon, 37, who were married in March 2011, were reportedly pulled over early Friday morning after the 2013 Ford Focus they were driving weaved across a double line in Atlanta. According to Variety, Toth was asked to pull into a Walgreen’s parking lot and complete a sobriety test.
Then, according to the police report, Witherspoon began leaning out of the car window, loudly objecting, allegedly stepping outside the car at one point and refusing to get back inside.
“Mrs. Witherspoon began to hang out the window and say that she did not believe that I was a real police officer,” the report written by Trooper First Class J. Pyland stated. “I told Mrs. Witherspoon to sit on her butt and be quiet.”
The report stated that Witherspoon then asked, “Do you know my name?” When the police officer responded, “No, I don’t need to know your name,” Witherspoon added, “You’re about to find out who I am.”
She also reportedly told the officer, “You are going to be on national news.”
Witherspoon reportedly got out of the car a second time, when Toth was placed under arrest, and this time, when the officer told her to get back inside, she “stated that she was a ‘U.S. citizen’ and that she was allowed to ‘stand on American ground.’”
Witherspoon and Toth were both subsequently arrested -- Witherspoon for disorderly conduct, and Toth for Driving Under the Influence and failure to maintain the lane -- and taken into custody. They were released on bond at approximately 3:30 a.m.
Witherspoon issued a public apology on Sunday, according to the Associated Press, saying that there was no excuse for her behavior.
"I do want to say, 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, who won an Academy Award in 2005 for her portrayal of June Carter in "Walk The Line," said that she could not provide any further comments about the arrest “out of respect” for the case. A court appearance was scheduled for 8 a.m. on Monday at Atlanta Municipal Court, but Variety reported that the couple’s attorney would likely request a postponement.