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Earlier this weekend, Reese Witherspoon was involved in a traffic stop from hell. Her husband, Jim Toth, was pulled over by an officer after their car was allegedly spotted weaving through traffic, and during his subsequent field sobriety test, the actress reportedly did not keep her anger about the situation to herself. She’s said to have gotten out of the car on two separate occasions, repeatedly brought up her own fame and told the cop he’d soon be featured on the nightly news. Eventually, she was placed into handcuffs and taken down to the station alongside her allegedly drunk husband and booked for disorderly conduct.
Not surprisingly, Reese’s arrest has sent quite a shock through many of her fans who never viewed her as the type of person who would either a) be mean to police officers or b) use her fame to get out of things. After all, while those in Reese’s life, from her parents to her ex-husband, have generated plenty of negative headlines over the years, she’s remained squeaky clean and extremely affable, at least to the outside world.
The truth is you never know what someone is really like if you don’t know them. You never know what really happened in a situation if you weren’t there, and you never know whether a situation amounts to a one-time mistake or the way someone repeatedly behaves. Here’s what Reese had to say, as per Entertainment Weekly…
”Out of respect for the ongoing legal situation, I cannot comment on everything that is being reported right now. But I do want to say, 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.”
It’s nice to know she’s owning her part in what happened and not shying away from it. Given how much people like her, she could have hypothetically rolled with the I-was-framed-card, and I’m sure a certain percentage of people would have believed her. Now that she’s apologized, though, there’s still the question of blowback. Will her fans think less of her after what’s happened or will they forgive her and let her move on?
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