Reese Witherspoon was too drunk to hold her head up for her mugshot

I really like all of the discussion about how Reese Witherspoon can attempt to “come back” from her arrest and image crisis disaster. LaineyGossip suggested that Reese would be smart to give People Magazine a series of exclusives to reinforce her “down-home church-going soccer mom” image, and I’m sure those are coming. I think Reese’s damage control has already begun as soon as a “source” told People (on Monday afternoon) that Jim Toth might end up in rehab. But what’s missing from the discussion is a first-hand account (not just the police report) of just HOW drunk and rednecky Reese was during her debauched Georgia night. Thankfully, People Magazine is also accepting stories from the Atlanta police:

It’s certainly not from a red carpet. Still, Reese Witherspoon’s booking photo with her eyes cast down has to be among the more unusual celebrity mugshots.

“She was wobbly,” explains a police source within the Atlanta Department of Corrections. “She didn’t need help walking, but she wasn’t at a point where we could get a really clear picture.”

The actress and husband Jim Toth were arrested early Friday morning after he was pulled over under suspicion of driving while intoxicated in Atlanta. In her apology for her behavior, she said she “clearly had one drink too many.”

According to the source, police took more than one photograph and chose the best one.

“On another picture, she sort of bent down at the waist and we got the top of her head,” says the source. “She wasn’t being difficult or rude, but her motor skills weren’t what they needed to be.”

The unorthodox picture has the Atlanta police and legal communities talking – and wondering if Witherspoon got preferential treatment.

“You can’t look down in the photograph,” says Atlanta criminal defense attorney Peter Odom. “The whole point of a mugshot is for identification purposes. To my knowledge, there is no exception to this rule. When someone is in custody, there isn’t a lot of personal space. They will grab your head and move it into the right position to get the right mugshot. But in this case, protocol was definitely not followed.”

The charges against Witherspoon were minor, says the source, so there was no need to force the issue and make the star stare dead ahead.

“This isn’t a big case and there’s not much more investigation that has to be done,” says the source, “so getting a clear picture of the suspect looking at the camera wasn’t absolutely necessary.”

[From People]

Am I the only one who finds this kind of story fascinating? Like, Reese is drunkenly slurring out “Do you know who I am?!” and she’s so wasted she can’t even stand up for her mugshot? But I also agree that this isn’t a situation where she got “preferential treatment”. It’s not like she killed someone (although her husband could have). She was just a drunk, mouthy redneck. It’s not a capital crime. That being said, TMZ got their hands on Reese-in-handcuffs at the police station, and I can’t say that she seemed super-blitzed in this video:

See? She just seems “loose”. Wouldn’t it be even worse for Reese if she wasn’t actually that drunk at the time of her arrest? That would mean she had more control over herself when she hung out of the window and screamed “I am a US citizen, I am allowed to stand on American ground!”

Meanwhile, there’s another image-control effort being undertaken by Reese’s friend/drinking buddy Chelsea Handler: Handler has decided that Reese’s situation is no biggie.

Is all the fuss over Reese Witherspoon’s recent arrest much ado about nothing? Chelsea Handler certainly seems to think so. Asked about her A-list pal at the annual E! Network upfronts in New York City on Monday, April 22, the late-night host (who was arrested herself at age 21 for DUI) said that Witherspoon was dealing well with the fallout from her minor run-in with the law.

“She’s doing fine. She’s doing fine, you know?” Handler told Entertainment Tonight of the Mud actress, who was arrested on Friday, April 19, in Atlanta, Ga. “She was just trying to protect her husband, so…I mean everybody makes mistakes, so it’s not a big deal.”

[From Us Weekly]

Yes, Chelsea Handler is the voice of reason, of calm, contemplative compassion and turning the other cheek. Unless it’s Angelina Jolie. And I really don’t get this whole “she was just trying to protect her husband” thing. Reese referenced that in her original apology too: “It was definitely a scary situation and I was frightened for my husband…” Is Jim Toth a fluffy little bunny who can’t function without his wife redneck-smacking all of his enemies? I guess I understand where Chelsea is coming from though – she’s with CAA too. They must be on high-alert over there.

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  1. paranormalgirl says:

    She didn’t get preferential treatment. Preferential treatment would have been not arresting her at all and since she was mouthy and impeding the police, she SHOULD have gotten arrested.

    • Liv says:

      But this mugshot is a joke, isn’t it? Do you think they would let a drug dealer do it like that?

      Anyway, I don’t think she was that drunk, she looks pretty much put together in the video. I think she just didn’t want to have an ugly mugshot going all around the world.

      • Beep says:

        Do you really think a disorderly conduct charge is the same as somebody being arrested for dealing drugs? come on.

      • Happymom says:

        I agree. I think she was too embarrassed by this point to put her head up, and they weren’t about to grab her and make her do it.

      • Liv says:

        Of course not, but arrested is arrested. Same rules for everybody. Or do you treat a drugdealer differently because he’s not Reese Witherspoon?!

      • LakeMom says:

        I agree it’s not the typical mug shot but since these are for identification purposes, it’s not like you can’t google Reese Witherspoon and get a thousand pictures of her, close up and in HD.

      • Beep says:

        you treat a drug dealer differently because its a, ya know, drug dealer. Not some drunk schmuck.

      • ShaCur says:

        Many police stations have a plexi glass type cart some can rest their head on to get a clear picture of their face. Maybe they didn’t have one there, but she is definitely not the first stumbling drunk person ever arrested.

    • elceibeno08 says:

      She might have gotten the celebrity treatment if she would have been nice and cooperative. You get more flies with honey than with vinegar.

      • lovegossip says:

        Looks to me like she is smirking in the mug shot.

      • Belle says:

        @ lovegossip: I agree… I don’t know if it is her ‘drunken’ state or what, but she does seem to have a smirk. I also don’t think this mugshot would fly for the average arrestee… tell her to hold her damn head up and look at the camera!

  2. mkyarwood says:

    So glad she’s ‘doing fine’, wtf.

  3. GoldenState says:

    Huh. She seems so not drunk! Walking perfectly straight, no crazy bodily movements. Maybe she can hold her liquor?

    • Faye says:

      I agree. I wonder how her defenders are going to deal with this. They’ve been saying Poor Innocent Reese was too blitzed out of her mind to know what she was saying, and so shouldn’t be responsible for it. But if she wasn’t, then she knew exactly what she was doing when she let her husband drive and spoke like that to the police officer. Hmmm . . .

    • Mira says:

      I think that’s because nothing takes the booze out of the body like being handcuffed.

    • Tiffany :) says:

      I REALLY don’t believe the story that she couldn’t hold her head up. She was walking fine in the video, able to control her bodily movements.

      I don’t think what she did to get arrested was that awful. Clearly she shouldn’t have done it, but I understand why a wife would want to observe as their husband gets arrested. There are worse things in the world than getting a little bitchy. She was wrong, but I don’t see why people are acting like she drown some kittens in cold blood or something.

      • Joanna says:

        Yeah, i agree. i also don’t believe what you say/do when you are drunk is the real you, either. it’s just the alcohol talking. would people say that about a stoned person? no, so i don’t know why they believe it about alcohol.

  4. Jane says:

    Her husband was “sober” enough to hold his head up and she wasn’t? Good thing she wasn’t driving then.

  5. hannah says:

    Chelsea was booked for a DUI before she became famous. Lesson learned, I guess…

  6. Badirene says:

    That its just a “mistake” narrative is really annoying me now. Drink driving is a “mistake” that kills people, so you know kinda a big deal. smdh.

    • Dave says:

      And it happens every day of the week…
      Every single person knows someone who has driven while under some influence of alcohol.
      Yes, it can kill people. Hunting kills people too. As does not immunising your kids. As do air plane crashes. As do some food allergies.

      This will blow over as it does for every person on earth. Nothing bad happened, thank goodness. He can learn his lesson.
      Let’s move on.

      • k says:

        Toth? Is that you?

      • Badirene says:

        If legal consequences are not enough of a threat to make people think about their actions in these type of cases maybe social consequences will work, to shame people into behaving in a responsible manner. As far as I am concerned she and her husband can be drunken a$$wipes all day long but they should not endanger innocent people along the way.

        My cousin was killed by a drunk driver and no it did not just “blow over”, it left a widow with four young children to raise on her own all because someone thought that it was no big deal to have a few drinks then drive home.

      • Hakura says:

        @Dave – I’m sorry, but that was an idiotic statement. You really equate *choosing* to drink & drive with something like ‘airplane crashes‘ & ‘allergies‘?

        A, Other possible causes of death have nothing to do with anything here. B, you have no control over being in an airplane crash or having allergies. None of it negates the fact that DRUNK DRIVING (which is the only topic we’re on) KILLS PEOPLE.

        I can’t stand when people are smart-asses & try to change the subject to try to sweep the issue under the rug. You should just be considering yourself *lucky* you weren’t on the road they were.

      • MisJes says:

        @Dave, as an ICU Nurse, I have to strongly disagree with you.

        I have witnessed many times the destruction, pain and suffering caused to victims and their families at the hands of a drunk driver, and it is gut-wrenching.

        NOTHING about this situation is okay. NOTHING.

      • Rachel says:

        You’re right Dave. We do all know people who have gotten behind the wheel of a car after drinking. I have also known people who have chosen to drive after drinking who have killed themselves and/or other people. I know that my cousin chose to ride his motorcycle after drinking, and he rode that bike right into the back of someone’s SUV and died. And the kid driving that SUV (even though he wasn’t at fault) has to live with the horror of that night for the rest of his life.

        There are a million ways to die. Many natural, many accidental. Choosing to drink and drive is not an accident. It’s a choice you make. And comparing it to natural or truly accidental causes of death is flat out stupid. Drinking and driving shows a blatant disregard for yourself and the lives of others. And when people tell me that how many beers they had over the weekend and then drive home, I have NO problem lecturing them until I’m blue in the face. I don’t care who it is.

      • Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

        I got hit by a car on my sixteenth birthday because of fools like Toth and while I don’t give a flying fuck as to what the punk who plowed into me learned, I know that I learned the true meaning of soft tissue damage and chronic pain and I think I’d be happier not knowing that.

        No sympathies for drunk drivers. Ever. We don’t have to walk around with our autobiographies around our necks so we can come to reasoned conclusions about how much shame one can bestow upon others because of our own past misdeeds. No hand-wringing or pussyfooting or contextualizing or philosophy included or required. (or suffered by others). A week ago a mother lost her one-year-old baby while they were driving to a drunk a driver a few minutes away from where I am and yes, it does happen every day. We just have to remember one thing and luckily it’s easy to learn and do if you can be bothered: don’t drive drunk. And don’t try to explain away some peckerhead’s culpability when he decides that the law is too small to contain him.

      • hannah says:

        Dave, I suspect you would feel differently if a drunk driver had killed your child/friend/sibling/parent. Then you would be able to appreciate the injustice of it all and utter selfishness of some drunk a-hole taking a life, because he or she didn’t feel like calling a cab. When you get behind the wheel of a car intoxicated you KNOW, everyone knows, that you significantly increase your risk of killing another human being.

      • Me Three says:

        I’m sorry Dave but your analogies are a bit off. A person chooses to drive and drink, knowing fully well it’s against the law and that you may end up killing or hurting someone.

        A food allergy kills? That’s what you’ve got? Excuse me but if you don’t know you’re allergic to something and you eat it, it’s not your fault.

        Immunizations? We’re told immunizations are good and have saved millions of children from diseases that used to kill them. Choosing or not choosing to immunize your child is no where near the same thing as deciding to drink and drive.

        His blood alcohol level was very high. Yeah, I’m sure it will go away for this man. He’s rich and married to a famous person. But it shouldn’t. Have you ever been to a victim’s panel for someone who’s been charged with a DUI? It’s one thing if you kill yourself by driving drunk. Most don’t. They kill innocent people. People who drive drunk should have their licenses removed and they should be required, once their licenses are returned, to have something put on their cars that requires them to blow into something before the car will move.

        I know people who’s lives have been changed forever because someone like Jim Toth got behind the wheel. It shouldn’t blow over.

    • Tiffany :) says:

      I think there is a HUGE difference between considering a DUI a “big deal” and judging people for it. You can consider it a big deal, a very dangerous and irresponsible action…and at the same time think that even good people can get a DUI.

      IMO, this incident doesn’t make Reese a better or worse person. She is human, therefore, she has the ability to be both wonderful and hideous. We all have these moments if you are honest with yourself. Her character is the sum of all of her actions…none of us have any idea of what the balance is. Didn’t before the DUI, don’t after.

      • BeesKnees says:

        Ummm you can absolutely judge someone for having a DUI. Getting into a car after when your BAL exceeds the legal limit is not only illegal, but it could potentially kill you or someone else. I have NO respect for people that drive drunk. I have seen first hand the pain drunk driving can cause. I also have very little respect for people that think it is okay to taunt, basically threaten (because the “do you know who I am” line IS a threat to fire those that celebs deem lower than themselves), and mouth off to a police officer just doing their job. Yes, there are jerk cops out their who let the power go to their heads, but the majority of cops out there are good people who put their lives on the line to protect us. I worked as a 911 dispatcher for two years and I have a heck of a lot more respect for cops and the EMTs that have to go to the scene of a drunk driving accident than I do for this so called “America’s Sweetheart” who gets paid millions of dollars to pretend to be someone else. So yeah, I am going to judge her for this. Sorry for this rant, but I am so sick of the mini van majority falling for this BS and saying “oh it was a mistake.” No she didn’t kill anyone, but her husband could have!

      • Tiffany :) says:

        You can judge someone, yes…but that says more about your character than hers or her husbands. The fact is that wonderful people do make poor choices all the time. I don’t think it makes our world better to act as if we are somehow better people than they are simply because our mistakes aren’t that mistake.

        Reese might be wonderful or awful, but this doesn’t give us any insight on the reality than we had before. As you are implying that I am a part of a “minivan majority”, for the record I own no minivans and I am not the one using group think and phrases borrowed from Lainey. Reese didn’t kill anyone. She didn’t even get a DUI. Her husband committed a huge error and hopefully both of them will learn from this.

      • Me Three says:

        Have to disagree with everyone who suggests that getting a DUI is nothing. I know people who’ve had their lives changed because someone decided to drink and drive. It’s not “nothing.” Have lots of us done it. Of course. But it doesn’t make it right. And, until people in this country start taking it more seriously, needless deaths and injuries will continue to occur. It’s most definitely not “nothing” to the people who’ve lost loved ones.

        Since it’s pretty easy to drink and not drive, I’m sorry I don’t think there is ever a good excuse. And these people in particular had many, many options not even available to the rest of us. I’m sure they have a driver for Reese for the movie she’s shooting. They could have chosen to be driven. Or, how about hiring a cab, like the rest of us should do as well?

        Sorry but the whole discussion line that this is no big deal is a bit irritating to me when I think of my friends who no longer have a daughter they should because someone like Jim Toth thought he was “fine” and got behind a wheel.

      • Hakura says:

        @Tiffany 🙂 – “You can judge someone, yes…but that says more about your character than hers or her husbands.

        What it says about my character is that I’m not afraid to put my foot down & tell it like it is. Some people hold back or lessen the ‘wrong’ so as not to hurt anyone’s feelings. Not me. My dad is a paramedic (used to work in Baltimore City), & the horrors he’s described to us… things he can *never* unsee, all because someone had ‘one too many’ (yeah right) & drove.

        I don’t think it makes our world better to act as if we are somehow better people than they are simply because our mistakes aren’t that mistake.

        I know this will make me sound like ‘queen bitch’, but I am better than she & her husband. I’ve never subjected *anyone* to such risks, & honestly don’t even let myself get drunk in the first place. I just don’t think a buzz or feeling dizzy & stupid is worth even risking it in the first place.

        That’s not to say anything stupid like ‘alcohol should be illegal’. Just that people need to stop & really see the serious risks that come with drinking *anything*. Someone drinking isn’t ‘wrong’, it just needs to stay under control.

      • Leen says:

        Such a weird discussion.
        First and foremost, Reese got arrested for being disorderly drunk, not for a DUI.
        Second, I agree that it’s not very good to judge harshly for getting a DUI (and yes I realize that more than 5 people have listed their personal stories to do with drunk driving).
        People do make very poor choices, and that’s just it… people are complex and sometimes they make decisions that are fatal and endangers others. And most of the time, people do learn from their mistakes (and yes it is a mistake, as the dictionary puts it, it is ‘an action or judgement that was misguided or wrong).

        Also, you can get a DUI if you were drinking the night before, and decide to drive the next morning/afternoon as alcohol is still in your system.

    • Danielle says:

      Agree with everyone’s comments! Choosing to drink and drive is a horrible crime acted out by stupidity! Enough people die from stupid accidental stuff, there is NO reason for preventable deaths to happen!!!

  7. elceibeno08 says:

    Perhaps she couldn’t hold her head up because she was embarrased? by the time they took her mugshot her head had cleared a little and she realized how silly she had been for yelling at a police officer who was just doing his job.

    Reese was just being a silly drunk. Her husband on the other hand, committed terrible judgment by getting behind the wheel while he was intoxicated with alcohol. I can’t believe these people have so much money (and I mean many dozens of millions of dollars)and they couldn’t hire a driver so they wouldn’t have to put anyone’s life in danger.

    • PHD Gossip says:


    • Erinn says:

      If her head was clearing then she damn well should have been listening to them when they told her to look at the camera. If a normal citizen was embarrassed they’d have to look at the camera. Being embarrassed is no excuse.

      It’s not a silly drunk. It’s a belligerent, overly entitled one.

      And they didn’t hire a driver, while both were very drunk. Clearly the lives of other innocent people do not matter to them. It showed complete disregard for the safety of others, and her behavior just cemented the fact that she really thinks she’s above the common people.

      It’s a simple act of an entitled celebrity thinking they’re above the law, and that they’re more important than the regular citizen’s who’s lives they had endangered.

      • Eve says:

        @ Erinn:

        Totally agree with you.

      • Nicolette says:


      • Lulu.T.O. says:

        Totally agree. And it’s a damn SMIRK on her face. What the hell. Toth isn’t the only one who needs rehab.

      • littlestar says:

        So so so agree with you, Erinn.

      • Reece says:

        Absolutely agree.

      • Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

        Lay that science down!

      • BeesKnees says:

        ITA Erinn! Love you for saying that!!

      • Kate says:

        Completely agree.

        Firstly, if they’re going to drink, they should have arranged a driver – they can certainly afford it!!!

        Secondly, even if she didn’t realise her husband was over the limit (unlikely), why was her first reaction to argue with the cops rather than being mortified?

        Thirdly, her “apology” is all about how she treated the cops and not about the fact that she condoned drink driving.

        What she blurted out when drunk vs a scripted apology written by a PR guru – which one is the “real” Reece???

  8. Sheesh. Start your rehab stopwatches now. Its a real shame, but the law is the law. Any time a celeb opens a dialogue with the police with “do you know who I am!?”, it can go nowhere but downhill….and straight into the papers. TMZ no less…..the creme de la creme of dirt rags.

  9. smee says:

    Jive. She’s holding her up just fine in the video.

  10. Mia 4S says:

    Wow I already disliked the husband for endangering lives (yet another drunk driving idiot) but they are really throwing him under the bus. He needs rehab! She had to be a strong woman protecting the poor widdle baby! Frightening situation? Being in a car with a drunk who allegedly couldn’t stay in a lane wasn’t frightening?! Morons all!

  11. kristine says:

    Meh. Everyones had too much drink at some point in their lives. I don’t really blame her.. shes just drunk and having shit judgement. Her husband was being totally reckless and irresponsible but I’m not gonna blame her for his actions.

    • Happymom says:

      I don’t blame her for his having too much to drink. But she’s a woman in her 30s with 3 kids. She either should not have been drinking herself or she should have made sure that they had a driver. And her crappy, entitled attitude is ALL on her.

    • Jenny says:

      She got in the car with him. It wasn’t some stranger that she had no responsibility to stop; it was her husband and father of her child.

      I’ve had more than my fair share of drunken nights (mostly in college), but I have never gotten into a car where the driver was clearly intoxicated and could not even stay in his lane. Being drunk does NOT excuse you from willful negligence.

  12. Jewbitch says:

    She really looks like Mandy Moore with her hair darkened.

  13. Marty says:

    Maybe she could have “protected” her husband by taking his keys and calling a cab. Then neither of them would be in this mess.

  14. Shy says:

    I was wondering why her mug shot is so bad. They should have took her head and let her pose directly to camera.

    It’s not about minor crime now. But let’s assume that this is ordinary person. And they didn’t take clear shot because it’s minor crime and they didn’t want to force her. But then in 2 years they will find her prints on murder scene. And police will search for murder suspect… And this is what they will have – some completely unrecognizable shot of suspect.

    That’s what is called celebrity treatment. Police officer who arrested her treated her like ordinary person. But then in police station she got celebrity treatment from other officers.

    • Hakura says:

      Totally agree. & it’s a f*cking smirk on her face, which just makes you want to hit her even more.

      I’m really pissed. It has NOTHING to do with how minor the crime is. She was arrested. There’s no excuse for not taking a proper mugshot (which is the *rule*, by the way) when she could obviously hold her head up long enough to be a drunken bitch to an officer.

      *steams* This stuff just… gets to me really badly. After pulling that damned ‘do you know who I am‘-shit, she got her way, setting an example to others.

    • Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

      Yeah, I don’t know why it’s not celebrity treatment. It doesn’t matter if there are other pictures of her, they need this one.

  15. TXCinderella says:

    I’m still trying to figure out what she was trying to protect her husband from? The so-called fake cop? She knew they’d been busted and she was trying to stop the officer from doing the field sobriety test. Once that is done, the gig is up. She was trying to protect her image and nothing more.

    • Tig says:

      By her own admission, she was drunk- I’m sure the panic button got hit when the cop asked her husband to get out of the car for the field soberity test. She was prob “scared” that hubbies would be arrested for DUI- and showed out. I am curious about the third passenger- you’d think he would have sat on Reese to prevent this meltdown. Not an excuse, tho.

      • EmmaStoneWannabe says:

        I think this is what it was. She was “scared for her husband” bc he was getting caught and she was trying to “protect him” – more like prevent him – from taking the sobriety test and ruining their image.

      • bluhare says:

        I she was capable of any rational thought at all, she was only “scared” this would hit the interwebs.

        Too bad Greasy Reesey! It’s here!

  16. kibbles says:

    I believe she might have received slight preferential treatment. Not outright preferential treatment because otherwise the cop wouldn’t have arrested her. That said, I believe that she was sober enough to look straight ahead for her mugshot. I’ve seen mugshots of people high on cocaine, meth, you name it, and they were able to look up when their photo was taken.

    What I think happened was that by the time she got to the police station, some of the cops there realized the woman in their custody was Reese Witherspoon. Jim Toth (who presumably was more drunk than Reese?) was able to look straight ahead for his mugshot. Reese, however, was probably very embarrassed because she knew that these photos would be leaked to the press and shown on the internet. She likely didn’t want to look up for that reason because she didn’t want millions of people getting a clear shot of a horrible mugshot photo. In her case, the cop who took her photo probably let it slide and allowed her to take a photo with her head down. Trust that if she wasn’t Reese Witherspoon, her punishment for harassing a cop could have been a lot worse. Unarmed people have been tasered, shot, and even killed by the police for less.

    Also, if Reese’s husband needs rehab, then so does she. Anyone who can get into a car with another drunk also has issues with alcoholism they need to work out. She didn’t have the common sense to not get into the car or stop her husband from driving. She might need just as much help as her husband does.

  17. genevieve says:

    What I want to know is why is the picture so pixellated? My phone takes better quality pictures than that – in fact, my old BlackBerry took better pictures.

    What the heck is a police department doing with a camera that bad?

  18. Talie says:

    The hilarious thing about Chelsea is that she always said that she hangs around people she would never talk about on her show and well…how things change very quickly!

    • F5 says:

      This can still get better if we learn he zapped her with a Taser and there is footage of her flopping around on the pavement.

  19. Scott says:

    Dear Celebitchy I remember that Xtina was in very similar situation few years back and you were not that forgiving. Double standards? Just saying.

  20. LouLou says:

    She was a rich white woman in the South. If she were a black man I might buy the “scary situation” line. But drunk is drunk. I thought better of her.

    • Nibbi says:

      oh damn… you went there 😉

      but yeah, ‘scary situation’ here = “oh, we’re getting caught doing something terrible and it might have ramifications” , and NOT “peoples’ lives, either those of innocent people around us or our own, are currently in danger because of drunk driving” …

  21. original kay says:

    got this from some website, not sure which one, but it’s pretty awesome.

    Reese Witherspoon is real sorry for acting like an asshole and getting herself arrested last Friday, so much so that she mustered up the courage to release a half-assed apology through her rep:

    “Out of respect for the ongoing legal situation, I cannot comment on everything that is being reported right now.”

    “everything that is being reported” — not what happened, but what’s being reported. Subtle choice of wording, but it implies that things didn’t actually happen the way they’re being reported, even though they most certainly did. Hmmm, it’s almost like someone, perhaps skilled in the art of public relations, wrote this for her.

    “But I do want to say, I clearly had one drink too many and I am deeply embarrassed about the things I said.”
    OK, but what about your husband driving drunk?

    “It was definitely a scary situation”
    You mean your drunk husband weaving into wrong lane of traffic?

    “and I was frightened for my husband,”
    Because he was driving in the wrong lane of traffic?

    “but that is no excuse.”
    Then why are you making one?

    “I was disrespectful to the officer who was just doing his job. The words I used that night definitely do not reflect who I am.”
    Alcohol tends to bring out the true character of people, so yes, that is definitely who you are.

    “I have nothing but respect for the police and I’m very sorry for my behavior.”
    But what about your husband driving drunk and putting innocent lives at risk? Did that part of the apology accidentally get deleted?

    • poppy says:

      the whole “but that is no excuse” means you leave that part out of the apology.

    • roxy750 says:

      I read he was pulled over going the wrong way on a road–and was completely hammered, um, this is a cocktail for death. i would be more concerned about that than anything else. They are lucky nobody got hurt, I have seen way too many of these accidents where the other car becomes the victim–

    • TG says:

      Very good recap of the non-apology all we needed was the “BOOM” at the end of it and it could have been Justin timberdouche’s non-apology about making fun of homeless people.

  22. Skins says:

    And she was out drinking the next night with her buddies

    • Hakura says:

      Which I believe shows just how not sorry she really is. If she had any braincells to rub together, she’d have laid low, not to mention not *drinking*. She doesn’t give a f*ck about anything she did, & as far as I’m concerned, she can go sit on a cactus.

      I’ll never look at her the same. I wonder how many fans she’s lost besides me?

      • EJ says:

        So she is supposed to go into permanent hiding for making a stupid decision? She is never allowed to go out and drink again? Did she get in the car with a drunk driver again the next night? What’s the concern with her going out the night after the incident, since the criticism is about her putting others at risk? She and other people who enable drunk drivers should be what, exiled to an island for those unfit to live in society? The person actually driving drunk was arrested, and will have due process. I’m not clear what more you would want from Reese…?

      • Hakura says:

        What I would want from Reese after such an incident… An incident where she drank enough to completely lose control of her behavior (which not only contributed to her husband driving drunk by way of her not being sober enough to realize it), but got out of control to a police officer….

        …To manage to go without alcohol for more than 24 hours. There was no reason (beyond being either stupid or an alcoholic) that she couldn’t avoid the booze for a *few days* after what happened being *caused* by it.

        It makes her an idiot.

  23. TG says:

    Yes in the video she has self-awareness. First she tugs her shirt down to make sure it is in place them she tucks her hair behind her ears and walks cooperatively with the officer. That is not the same person who presented to be so drunk she couldn’t hold her head up. At this point she is just making it pretending to be more intoxicated than she is. Look at that sly smile on her face and even though she is looking sow you can see it in her eyes and entire face. Either she got special treatment or she pulled a fast one on the cops since at this point she was already working on her PR strategy of pretending to be so drunk that she didn’t know what she was saying. But we all know Reese thinks she is better than the average citizen. I am no longer a fan if hers.

  24. not leo says:

    Is it awful that I’m more bothered by the ugly seam in the middle of her dress than her arrest? SMH.

  25. lori says:

    I hope her career ends up like Mel Gibson.

  26. Sam says:

    I have a pet peeve about calling DUI a mistake. DUI is not a mistake. If you don’t know your alcohol limits, drink at home until you do. If you’re out, have a designated driver or the number of a cab company. And Reese didn’t make a mistake. From the police report, she got out multiple times and engaged the cops. They told her more than once to get back in the car and calm down. I’m sorry, but that is not a mistake. It’s a series of bad choices that you should be accountable for. I have very little sympathy for people who act out stupid while drunk, because they use the intoxication as an excuse.

    • Hakura says:

      Agreed. They chose to allow themselves to become intoxicated, knowing the risks. That does NOT somehow excuse what they say & do while under the influence. You’re responsible for your behavior no matter what.

      Hell, Lindsay lives her whole *life* intoxicated by one thing or another. Can you imagine all the things she’d get away with, if it *was* a valid excuse?

    • BeesKnees says:

      Exactly. A DUI is not a mistake. Taunting, disobeying a police officer, and basically threatening his job are not mistakes. If you cannot control yourself when you drink too much, DON’T DRINK! And especially don’t drink in public. No one accidentally poured alcohol down her throat.

    • Tiffany :) says:

      I think people are getting worked up over semantics for no reason. The definition of mistake includes an error resulting from poor judgement.

      • Sam says:

        Nope. Mistakes are things that result from understandable, excusable error. DUI is a series of stupid, indefensable choices. You choose to drink. You then choose to drink to excess (as both of them did). You then choose to drive (or get in a car with a drunk). You then choose to antagonize the police despite repeated warnings. Those are not mistakes. Those are intentional choices. Mistake is making a small error on your taxes. Mistake is legitimately not seeing a stop sign. Those are mistakes. These are not.

      • Tiffany :) says:

        Oh, so you aren’t talking about the term “mistakes” in the english language, you are talking about your own personal lingo. You are entitled to that.

        And for the record, I don’t think chosing to drink is a “mistake”. Allowing her husband to drive under the influence and (if it is accurate) how she spoke to the officer were mistakes. But I dont think drinking in general is a mistake.

      • Sam says:

        Tiffany, you must be suffering from poor vision. I never said it is wrong to drink alcohol. I said it was a CHOICE (get it, different from personal lingo). A mistake is what happens when you do something totally understandable and within human error. this was a serious of intentional acts that led to her arrest. She made an intentional choice to drink. She could have not. She chose to drink to excess (don’t know where your personal line is? Drink in the comfort of your home until you do). She made a choice to get in her husband’s car (could have made arrangements to get a ride or refuse to go with him. She didn’t). She made a choice to engage with the officers and act a fool. And now she’s arrested. None of that was by mistake. She wasn’t confused, misled or lied to. Every step of the way was an intentional choice. That places this outside being a error in judgment and squarely in the “criminal” category. Seems like you’re the one misreading. Your mistake 🙂

      • Hakura says:

        @Tiffany 🙂 – I really always respect your opinions, & the thoughtful way you express them. It’s always great having convos, & this particular subject doesn’t change that.

        We’re just on two different planets where this subject it concerned. Not being subjected to proper justice for doing this sort of thing just encourages them that they can get away with doing it again (or could try). That is not the way to deal with these things.

        They need to learn an important lesson. Not just for their sake, but for the public’s safety. Their actions showed a lack of consideration for others as well as themselves.

        Many of us, me especially, get heated over this subject due to horrible personal experiences. My father had to come home with his paramedic uniform covered in blood stains one night. We were terrified he was hurt, but he said it was a patient (who was the victim of a drunk driver), who ended up not making it & dying while he was performing CPR. My perspective will always be colored by that.

        But I don’t mean anything as disrespect or insults to you, even when I do get going over this topic.

      • Leen says:

        To be completely fair, according to the dictionary, a mistake means
        ‘An action or judgment that is misguided or wrong’
        or another one
        ‘A mistake grave or trivial, is caused by bad judgment or a disregard of rule or principle’

        Which to me is perfectly acceptable to use in this situation. Yes this argument over semantics is a bit dumb if you ask me.

  27. akua says:

    I just want to know how she sits down in the ‘dress’ she’s wearing in the picture above, it’s so short! I don’t wear heels and rarely any dress/skirt that’s remotely short, so I’d probably fall and/or expose myself with either on!

  28. poppy says:

    she wasn’t drunk. she didn’t know what to do and how to handle the situation because she is a control freak and was at long last in a position where she had ZERO control.
    she’s not as smart or nice or polite/considerate, any of the things she wants people to believe.
    a smart person does exactly what the cops tell them to; they suck it up even if they feel they are in the right and the cops are wrong. you can NEVER win against cops.
    if she had just listened to begin with, stayed in the car and not whipped out her entitled bitch card NONE of this would be happening. he would have received his DUI, people would have felt embarrassed for her, end of story.

  29. Luxe says:

    I’ve seen photos of them in the past where they were clearly buzzed coming out of restaurants. That’s what makes this worse. There’s no way this was their first time, and you gotta wonder if they’ve been buzzed with the kids in the car.

    And please, she knew what she was doing. Only a spoiled, entitled person pulls the “do you know who I am?” card. This is fascinating to me bc I like some of her movies, including Freeway and especially Man in the Moon, but America’s Sweetheart? Come on. She’s had snooty and catty tendencies for years. I think this will follow her because it exposed a reckless side of her that made her a danger to others for a completely avoidable reason. This is different from just being drunk, falling over, and exposing her drawers in that too short dress in the pic…then having someone drive her home.

    I give this marriage four years. Tops. Throwing him under the bus for your career when he’s supposed to be your life partner is soooo low.

  30. lucy2 says:

    I figured one or both would play the rehab card – if it’s a serious problem, by all means do it, but rehab is the go-to, publicity fix all these days it seems.
    Driving drunk is not a “mistake” and it is a big deal.

  31. Green is Good says:

    Countdown to divorce from Toth has begun.

  32. MisJes says:

    She looked fine walking into the Police Station, but was far too sloshed to hold her head up straight? YEAH RIGHT.

    Bitch knew that this photograph would be making the rounds and decided to take control of the final product.

    • april says:

      Absolutely! She took control and the shot was perfect. She’s actually smiling.

      • pwal says:

        Probably the only smart thing she has done during this whole situation. Because, honestly, I suspect if she hadn’t compose herself, her eyes and the way she positioned her chin would’ve revealed the arrogance and defiance of her statement/threat to the cop.

  33. in vancouver when you get super disorderly you could get tasered. Now I would pay to see that video of Reese lol

  34. s says:

    She was a durnk mouthy redneck, but that is a pretty-ass mugshot.

  35. Bread and Circuses says:

    So. Angelina Jolie is a goodwill ambassador for the UN, travels to war-torn regions to raise awareness, and builds schools for girls in Kenya and Afganistan out of her own pocket.

    And Chelsea Handler thinks she’s “kind of evil”.

    Whereas Reese Witherspoon shrieking entitlement at the police officer who pulled her drunk husband off the road is, to Chelsea, “not a big deal.”

    Ms. Handler, your thinking might be just a tad skewed. Maybe lay off the vodka-gargling for a bit.

    • Jolie's gal says:

      You totally nailed it! At least jolie has no mug shot flying round the internet all over the world neither has she had any problem with the law before!!!

  36. Amy says:

    Think about it folks, When was the last time Reese Witherspoon got this many hit on the internet? Since she won the Oscar it serve as nothing but a paperwight collecting dust. The last movies she was in bombed. This woman is use to commanding 15-20 million a movie but no one is going to pay her that.(her husband is an Hollywood agent so he understand that]So to get people talking about her again ahd her husband create Im drunk and get arrested for it
    to get attention.

    • truthSF says:

      Sooo, her husband will get in a car with a high blood alcohol level, and endanger the lives of innocent civilians all for a pr stunt? What a “brilliant” idea.

  37. Nikki says:

    I can’t help it, this whole story just makes me love Reese. Sugary sweet acts annoy me, drunken bitchy behaviour from a “Sweetheart” just makes my day :). I would soooo do margarita Mondays with this girl. But I’d be the one yelling “don’t you know who I AMMMM???” Then giggle and do shots. And bitch about Angie.

    • Jolie's gal says:

      @Nikki wow if she and her husband had knocked down someone would u still love what she did? Smh So terrible…. They can bitch about Angie all they want but she has no record with the law neither has she any mug shot flying round the internet….

      • BeesKnees says:

        Yeah Jolie’s gal, comments like this make me sick. It is just soooo appealing to hang out with someone who gets in a car that her intoxicated husband is driving and could very well kill someone. And I just love it when super entitled chicks become disorderly and disobey a cop who is just trying to DO HIS JOB and get a drunk driver off the street. Yeah I really want to go to Margarita Mondays with her and bitch about a woman who is a Goodwill ambassador and who uses her fame and fortune for good, and from what I hear is pretty respectful to cops. SMH.

    • videli says:

      Drunk middle-aged women who are very loud, in bars. I’ve seen them before. I think they’re called ‘hyenas’.

  38. KellyinSeattle says:

    Her hair…the color…looks so awful.

  39. Shelly says:


  40. DGO says:

    Chelsea Handler can say this is no big deal, but my mother died because of a drunk driver. It’s a VERY big deal.

  41. Kian says:

    Where were her kids? How come they hired a crappy Focus (surely a limosuine would have been more suitable)? I think it sounds like this couple love to drink often and there is more to the story… not so pure Reese. I was shocked when she exposed her tattoo for the first time. This is the real Reese

  42. Kim says:

    Reeses “mistake” could have killed innocent people not to mention herself and/or her husband. It is a VERY big deal. Especially at her age, with 2 young children. She should be publicly apologizing to every parent who has lost a loved one to a drunk driver. Who does she think she is?!

  43. Deedee says:

    Chelsea Handler is just trying to do damage control for her BFF-other-than-Anniston which ironically makes it much worse. Just like when she trashes Jolie so much, it just gives credence to the story that Jolie was rolling in the sheets with Pitt way before Aniston knew and Aniston probably was still crying on handler’s shoulder. Handler also trashed John Mayer ( who wouldn’t) but I think it was because Aniston was hurt by him as well. Handler would do her friends much better if she just stfu.

    • Sal says:

      “Just like when she trashes Jolie so much, it just gives credence to the story that Jolie was rolling in the sheets with Pitt way before Aniston knew”

      Um, no it doesn’t. It doesn’t give it credence at all!!

  44. Mia says:

    I never liked Chin Witherspoon and I never will. Whenever someone opens their mouth to say “Do you know who I am? ” they come off as nothing better then an elitist piece of s@*t. We’re all supposed to be equal under the law.

  45. ohiogirl says:

    Sickening. There is no way this was the first time they drove drunk together. If it was the first time, how did both people agree to get in that car? Seems habitual. And I do think it’s as much her fault about the drunk driving. She obviously wanted to go drinking and by getting in the car with him, encouraged him.

  46. Nibbi says:

    Puhllleeeeeeeeeeze. That isn’t a mugshot. At first I thought she was looking down from shame, but come ON. It’s like a photo ID for a passport or driver’s license: if the person isn’t looking straight ahead, it isn’t valid. They should have insisted on that. It doesn’t frikkin’ matter how big or small the crime is: a mugshot is a mugshot; an arrest is an arrest.

    I’ve always kinda liked her. She’s lost some points here, tho.