VIDEO: Reese Witherspoon Apology for DUI Incident

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Actress appears on 'GMA,' says sorry for 'poor judgment'

Thirteen days after her husband was pulled over and arrested for driving while intoxicated, Reese Witherspoon broke her silence about the incident in an appearance Wednesday on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” in which she repeatedly apologized for her “poor judgement.”

The timing of the mea culpa probably had something to do with the fact that Witherspoon has a new movie to plug, “Mud,” which “GMA” anchor George Stephanopoulos delved into after three minutes of questioning about the arrest.

As Witherspoon explained, she and her husband, CAA agent Jim Toth, had “one too many” drinks over a dinner in Atlanta and made the mistake of getting behind the wheel. The actress maintained her composure throughout the interview, which ranged from her describing her panic at the sight of her husband getting arrested to what she told her children about the incident.

As first reported in Variety, Witherspoon was arrested along with her husband on a disorderly conduct charge after failing to adhere to the police officer’s repeated warning not to exit the vehicle.

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  1. Nicole says:

    Since I have not viewed the entire video, since only a portion as it appears to be circulating on-line, I can only base my opinion on the snippet. Although Ms. Witherspoon behaved as though she were entitled to special treatment because of her celebrity towards the end of the video, I did not understand why she was being arrested. She did not appear to be aggressive, unless questioning a police officer in itself is a crime. She was not loud and belligerent but appeared to be in distress about her husband being placed in handcuffs. I think that since her husband seemed to be calm and was not protesting being arrested, the officer may have taken a moment to ease Ms. Witherspoon by explaining that he was arresting her husband for DUI and that he had to follow procedure rather than the officer responding defensively. I am still trying to figure what she said that was disrespectful — I am an American citizen; I have the right to stand on the sidewalk? From the footage that I observed, Ms. Witherspoon never used profanity, never fought the officer and did not appear to interfere with the arresting of her husband in a physical manner. She is charged with Disorderly Conduct and has had to apologize to the officer on national TV as if she denigrated him while stating her own rights as a citizen. I restate, yes Ms. Witherspoon should have remained inside of her vehicle, but I felt that the police officer could also have handled the matter better.

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