It’s not every day a “big deal” actress is arrested outside your neighborhood drugstore. As I sat in my Atlanta condo eating key lime pie Friday night, Reese Witherspoon was down the street being handcuffed, charged with disorderly conduct.
What?! I used to be an entertainment producer in New York City, and I interviewed Witherspoon back in 2010. She was polite and proper. Disorderly conduct? Not Reese -- not the actress people call "America’s sweetheart."
Police say they saw her and her husband’s car swerve into the oncoming lane on Peachtree Road, so they pulled the couple over in front of a Walgreens. According to the police report, Witherspoon's husband, Jim Toth, was driving and smelled of alcohol. He got out of the car, and Witherspoon was told to stay put. According to reports, she didn’t. She was reportedly even instructed to “sit on her butt and be quiet.” She didn’t do that either, but she did apparently tell the trooper he probably wasn’t even a real cop. Once he decided he was arresting her too, she allegedly resisted. And then she did the unthinkable: She tried to play the “Do you know who I am?” card.
How did I miss this? Why wasn’t I out walking my dog, Sadie Mae? Instead of cursing the timing gods, I did the next best thing: I called my colleague Yasmin, since she lives in the area too, and asked her to go to the scene of the alleged crime.
Check out her video of the spot where Reese Witherspoon, the actress with a once-squeaky-clean rep, was busted.