Chelsea Handler Brushes Off BFF Reese Witherspoon’s Arrest As ‘Not A Big Deal’

By: Cory Lopez / April 23, 2013

What are best friends for? To back you after your brush with the law.

That’s precisely what comedienne Chelsea Handler has done for her BFF Reese Witherspoon, who was arrested in Atlanta, Ga., early Friday along with her husband, CAA agent Jim Toth — her for disorderly conduct and him on suspicion of driving drunk.

“She’s doing fine. She’s doing fine, you know?” Handler told Entertainment Tonight at the E! upfronts event in New York City on Monday. “She’s just trying to protect her husband. I mean, everybody makes mistake. So it’s not a big deal.”

According to the police report, the couple was pulled over due to Toth’s irregular driving. As the arresting officers dealt with her husband, Witherspoon disobeyed orders to stay inside the vehicle, verbally sparring with the policeman before eventually being handcuffed.

“Mrs. Witherspoon asked, ‘Do you know my name?’ I answered, ‘No, I don’t need to know your name,'” according to the officer’s reporter, via Variety. “I then added, ‘right now.’ Mrs. Witherspoon stated, ‘You’re about to find out who I am.'”

After a brief time behind bars, the two were released on bond. Nevertheless, Witherspoon was sure to publicly smooth things over with an apology after the arrest hit headlines.

“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,” she said in a statement, according to E!. “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.”

As of now, Witherspoon is avoiding further discussion of her legal hiccup. But who would wager that her first sit-down with be with her buddy Handler on Chelsea Lately?