Reese Witherspoon says she really is very sorry after reports emerged that the star was arrested for disorderly conduct and spent a few hours in jail before being released early Friday morning.
A statement, released by Witherspoon’s publicist Monday morning reads:
“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 behavior.”
The apology comes after a report in Variety that says Witherspoon and her husband, agent James Toth, were pulled over by police in Atlanta, Ga. after their silver Ford Focus was weaving through traffic. The report says Toth blew over the legal limit for alcohol. While police were dealing with Toth, the report says Witherspoon got agitated and would not obey police instructions to remain inside the car.
Here’s what happened next, according to Variety:
Mrs. Witherspoon began to hang out the window and say that she did not believe that I was a real police officer,” according to the police report. “I told Mrs. Witherspoon to sit on her butt and be quiet.”
Once Toth was placed under arrest, Witherspoon exited the vehicle and was instructed to get back in the car. According to the report, she “stated that she was a ‘US citizen’ and that she was allowed to ‘stand on American ground.’”
The officer then detailed how she resisted as he grabbed her arms to arrest as Toth attempted to calm her down.
As the report details, “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.”
The report also specified, “Mrs. Witherspoon also stated, ‘You are going to be on national news.’ I advised Mrs. Witherspoon that was fine.”
Witherspoon is in Atlanta where she is shooting a film called The Good Lie. The arrest is a marked break from Witherspoon’s good-girl image, where she is best known for starring in films including Legally Blond, Walk the Line and Water for Elephants.