Reese Witherspoon talks 'embarrassing' arrest: 'I know better'
Reese Witherspoon is opening up about her recent arrest for the first time.
The 37-year-old actress, who was recently arrested for disorderly conduct, talked to George Stephanopoulos on "Good Morning America" on May 2. In her first interview since the "embarassing" incident, Witherspoon explained how the pair ended up in the sticky situation.
"It's one of those nights, you know?" she said. "We went out to dinner in Atlanta, and we had one too many glasses of wine, and we thought we were fine to drive, and we absolutely were not. It's just completely unacceptable, and we are so sorry. And embarrassed. And we know better, and we shouldn't have done that."
The actress, star of "Legally Blonde" and "Cruel Intentions," was arrested for disorderly conduct in Atlanta on Friday, April 19, after mouthing off to cops following her husband Jim Toth's arrest for suspicion of DUI (See mug shot).
After Stephanopoulos continued to probe, asking why the pair didn't call a car service or taxi, she replied: "It was just poor judgment. And, I think, you know, we made a mistake. And it's something that will absolutely never happen again. Just bad judgment, you know?"
While Toth was charged with driving under the influence, Witherspoon was handcuffed after disobeying repeated instruction from the arresting officer. She had argued with him after he told her to stay inside the vehicle while her husband was given a field sobriety test.
The Oscar-winning actress spoke about the police report, which cited her as saying, "Do you know my name?" The famously blonde personality, who is now brunette for an upcoming film role, went on to say: "You're about to find out who I am."
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"I have no idea what I was saying that night, I saw him arresting my husband and I literally panicked, and I said all kinds of crazy things," she explained. "I told him I was pregnant -- I'm not pregnant! I said all kinds of crazy things. ... I'm so sorry, I was so disrespectful to him, and I have police officers in my family, I work with police officers everyday, I know better."
"Yesterday I spoke to them (police officers) again, and said there's no reason to be disrespectful to a police officer," she continued. "I think, all I can say is that I was just panicked."
The actress went on to say that having to explain the incident to her three children was the hardest part. Witherspoon said that she focused on trying to teach them a lesson: "When you make a mistake, you take responsibility -- and we are taking responsibility."
On April 21, one day after the highly-publicized incident, the actress issued a statement offering her apology, saying: "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 actress was in Atlanta with Toth shooting her upcoming drama film, "The Good Life," which also stars Corey Stoll and Sarah Baker. She can be seen next in "Mud," which also stars Matthew McConaughey and hit theaters on April 26. Witherspoon walked the red carpet at the New York premiere of the movie on Sunday night but did not talk to reporters.
Witherspoon and Toth have been married since March 2011. They welcomed their first child together, a son named Tennessee James Toth, on Sept. 17, 2012.
Watch her video interview video.