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

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?



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  • dal33

    Officer had no grounds to arrest her! After I had administered the PBT, Mrs. Witherspoon began to hang out the window and say that she did not believe that I was a real police officer. I told Mrs. Witherspoon to sit on her butt and be quiet. I placed Mr. Toth under arrest for DUI. When asked his age, Mr. Toth stated that he was 42 years old. I had Mr. Toth sit on my push bumper. Mrs. Witherspoon got out of the vehicle and walked up to me and Mr. Toth. I asked, 'What had I already told you? Mrs. Witherspoon asked what was going on. I told Mrs. Witherspoon that Mr. Toth was under arrest. I told Mrs. Witherspoon to get back into the car. Mrs. Witherspoon stated that she was a 'U.S. Citizen' and that she was allowed to 'stand on American ground.' I put my hands on Mrs. Witherspoon's arms to arrest her. Mrs. Witherspoon was resistant but I was able to put handcuffs on her without incident due to Mr. Toth calming her down. Yes she did come out for the 3rd time! In his report he did not state his grounds for arrest in relation to her husband! 2nd he indicated that he placed her under arrest however he had no grounds to ask her to remain in the vehicle! She was not obstructing an officer - she wanted to know what was happening!!! If an OFC had concerns i respect to his safety, then WHY DIDN'T he call for back up?! CPL csme by after the incident and arrests were made. He had no legal grounds to ask her to sit in the vehicle!!! She was not detained. She was not under any investigation as she was not driving! Simply she did not commit any offence. She was neither hindering or obstructing an officer. Her husband's arrest was justified! Hers however was not!