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Reese Witherspoon on Her 'Stupid' Mistake Getting Arrested in 2013 with Her Drunk Husband behind the Wheel

Camila Santiago
Sep 19, 2021
02:00 P.M.
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It's difficult to imagine the “American sweetheart” Reese Witherspoon being arrested. But it actually happened in 2013, even though the actress didn't break the law or do anything wrong.

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In an episode of the Jameela Jamil's podcast, Reese Witherspoon opened up about her arrest back in 2013. The topic came up when Jamil was talking about being held accountable and taking responsibility for your actions.

Then, she briefly mentions Witherspoon's appearance in “Good Morning America” where she apologized for the things she said to the officer the day she got arrested. The I Weight podcast host said she loved Witherspoon's public apologies.

Reese Witherspoon (R) and her husband Jim Toth attend a basketball game between the Toronto Raptors and Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on March 8, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Getty Images

Reese Witherspoon (R) and her husband Jim Toth attend a basketball game between the Toronto Raptors and Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on March 8, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Getty Images

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Jamil goes on to say how mature her attitude was. The Academy Award-winning actress replied that she felt embarrassed and dumb, but it's part of just "being a human being:"

“You know what? Turns out I breathe air. I bleed the same way. I make dumb decisions, I make great decisions. I'm just a human being.”

Reese Witherspoon and Jim Toth at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party on February 26, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. | Source: Getty Images

Reese Witherspoon and Jim Toth at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party on February 26, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. | Source: Getty Images

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WHY DID REESE WITHERSPOON GET ARRESTED?

In the early hours of April 19, 2013, Witherspoon and her husband John Toth were pulled over by a police officer. Apparently, Toth was DUI, and while the cop was trying to focus on him, Witherspoon tried to intervene.

The police officer advised Witherspoon to stay away, but she didn’t entirely listen. Instead, she stood up and questioned the officer because “she’d like to know what was going on.”

Reese Witherspoon attends the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Getty Images

Reese Witherspoon attends the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Getty Images

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The trooper then handcuffed her for disorderly conduct, but the actress didn’t stop arguing with him, saying he would “better not arrest her” because she “is an American citizen.” She also said that the officer was harassing her and she had done nothing against the law, to which he replied:

“Yes, you did, you didn’t obey my order.”

Ava Phillippe and Reese Witherspoon attend the "Big Little Lies" Season 2 Premiere at Jazz at Lincoln Center on May 29, 2019 in New York City. | Source: Getty Images

Ava Phillippe and Reese Witherspoon attend the "Big Little Lies" Season 2 Premiere at Jazz at Lincoln Center on May 29, 2019 in New York City. | Source: Getty Images

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Witherspoon then asked indignantly if she had to obey his orders. The discussion went on, and she asked him if he knew her name. The man said no and said he didn’t quite need to know that yet. Witherspoon then said:

“You are about to find out who I am.”

Deacon Reese Phillippe, Ava Elizabeth Phillippe, Reese Witherspoon, and Jim Toth at The Hollywood Reporter's Power 100 Women in Entertainment on December 11, 2019, in Hollywood, California. | Source: Getty Images

Deacon Reese Phillippe, Ava Elizabeth Phillippe, Reese Witherspoon, and Jim Toth at The Hollywood Reporter's Power 100 Women in Entertainment on December 11, 2019, in Hollywood, California. | Source: Getty Images

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After Witherspoon’s tirade, Toth told the cop he had nothing to do with what had just happened. During her arrest, the actress said she was pregnant and needed to empty her bladder.

She later confessed that she hammered and panicked, and that’s why she said such “crazy things.” Even under the threat that the trooper would be on national news for arresting the A-lister, that didn’t discourage him from writing her arrest report.

Reese Witherspoon speaks onstage during the Hulu Panel at Winter TCA 2020 at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena on January 17, 2020 in Pasadena, California. | Source: Getty Images

Reese Witherspoon speaks onstage during the Hulu Panel at Winter TCA 2020 at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena on January 17, 2020 in Pasadena, California. | Source: Getty Images

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In the report, the officer said that Witherspoon’s husband’s eyes were “bloodshot” and his clothes were “disheveled.” Toth was given several coordination tests followed by a breathalyzer that registered he was above the legal limit for driving under the influence.

After taking the couple to the Atlanta city jail and impounding their car, the Hollywood couple got bailed the following morning.

Reese Witherspoon attends the 2020 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 09, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. | Source: Getty Images

Reese Witherspoon attends the 2020 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 09, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. | Source: Getty Images

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At the time, a video of her getting arrested leaked putting the actress in public humiliation. And soon after the episode, Witherspoon released a statement apologizing for her behavior:

“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.”

But Reese Witherspoon is far from being the only celebrity arrested. A-listers such as Winona Rider, Hugh Grant, Cher, Keanu Reeves have also had trouble with the law.

Reese Witherspoon attends the 2020 Vanity Fair Oscar Party at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 09, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. | Source: Getty Images

Reese Witherspoon attends the 2020 Vanity Fair Oscar Party at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 09, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. | Source: Getty Images

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Witherspoon

started in the entertainment industry as a young kid, playing commercials, and landed her first significant role in 1991 at 14 years old in “The Man in the Moon” film.

She kept on landing more bigger roles, and in 1998 she was cast for “Cruel Intentions,” with Ryan Phillipe, her first husband with whom she had two children.

Her career took off after “Legally Blonde.” Now, the actress collects a list of accolades and won several awards, including the Oscar for best actress as the character June Carter Cash in “Walk The Line,” as well as BAFTA and the Golden Globe.

Reese Witherspoon tapes an interview at "Good Morning America" at the ABC Times Square Studios on May 2, 2013 in New York City. | Source: Getty Images

Reese Witherspoon tapes an interview at "Good Morning America" at the ABC Times Square Studios on May 2, 2013 in New York City. | Source: Getty Images

In 2014 the actress debuted as a producer with the film “Gone Girl” and was nominated for the second time as “Best Actress” for her role as Cheryl Strayed in the movie “Wild.”

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