Reese Witherspoon Apologizes For Her Behavior

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Now, something completely unrelated to the heavy news of recent days:

"I clearly had one drink too many and I am deeply embarrassed about the things I said," actress Reese Witherspoon says in a statement sent to Entertainment Weekly and other news outlets about her arrest Friday in Atlanta.

As we reported Sunday, police say Witherspoon's husband James Toth was behind the wheel in the early hours of Friday when his vehicle weaved over a double line. While an officer was having Toth take a field sobriety test, police say, Witherspoon got out of the vehicle. Authorities say she was told to get back in the car, but emerged from it again a short time later.

According to the police report, which The Atlanta Journal Constitution has posted here, at one point Witherspoon asked the officer "Do you know my name?" When he responded that he did not, she allegedly told him "you're about to find out who I am."

Both Toth and Witherspoon ended up under arrest. He faces a charge of driving under the influence. She's accused of disorderly conduct. They were released after a few hours and are due in court later today.

The officer's report ends with this:

"I took Mrs. Witherspoon out of the right side and placed Mr. Toth in the right side of the rear of my patrol car. As I put Mrs. Witherspoon in the left side rear of my patrol car, she told me her name.

"Mrs. Witherspoon also stated, 'You are going to be on national news.' I advised Mrs. Witherspoon that was fine."

In her statement of apology, Witherspoon adds that "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."

Her movie credits include lead roles in Sweet Home Alabama and Legally Blonde.

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