Reese Witherspoon Arrested! We Know Who She Is, But Is She No Longer a Good Girl?

While she may have cemented herself as box office titan for romantic comedies in the likes of “Sweet Home Alabama,” I’m not sure America’s Sweetheart Reese Witherspoon is singing the praises of sweet ‘ol Atlanta at the moment. The actress, who is in the city filming her new movie “The Good Lie,” had a rough weekend that began in the wee hours Friday morning and ended with her arrest. According to reports, the actress’ agent husband Jim Toth was pulled over Friday after apparently weaving in and out of traffic. When the police officer administered a sobriety test, Toth’s blood alcohol level was at .139, and he was subsequently arrested. For her part, Reese pulled out the fame card, yelling: “Do you know my name?” and “You’re about to find out who I am.” When she refused to obey the officer’s instructions and stay in the vehicle, she was arrested as well. Eek.

The actress and her hubby were released on bond shortly after, around 3:30 a.m., but the event has already proved quite the scandal, particularly because people just don’t seem to expect this type of behavior from her. Reese released an apology that went on to discuss while she was obviously concerned for her husband, it in no way excused her actions. “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,” she stated. “I have nothing but respect for the police and I’m very sorry for my behavior.”

So what will this mean for the formerly squeaky-clean actress? Does one cut her some slack since she’s not normally tabloid fodder? Or is the grievance inexcusable? Well, on the one hand, it’s true; Reese typically stays well out of the public eye if she can. She seems to be a devoted mom and wife, having welcomed a new baby just within the last year to her brood, which already includes 2 children from her previous marriage. Low-key, devoted mom or not, though, there’s really no excuse for driving drunk, which her husband apparently was.

And while Reese claims to have been intoxicated herself, it was in extremely poor taste to whip out the “I’m a celebrity” spiel in a case could have spiraled into dangerous territory had her husband not been pulled over. As Buzzfeed helpfully pointed out, it’s not the first time and certainly won’t be the last that a celeb has shouted over the rooftops, “Hey, look at me, I’m famous!” But while that may help get you into the hottest club, it shouldn’t have any effect on the law, and props to the police officer for not giving a damn he was arresting an Oscar winner.

As for the future, and whether this will have long-lasting effects on Ms. Witherspoon and her career, I’m going to say doubtful. The public is surprisingly tolerant when it comes to indiscretions (Charlie Sheen and Robert Downey Jr. have enough of ‘em to probably fill the Pacific Ocean, and their careers are still sky-rocketing). The apology was an important, and in my opinion, necessary response and she should be able to move past this and still retain the image of the sweet gal we all fell in love with on screen. Just one piece of advice if I may, next time it would be wise to call a cab.

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