Reese Witherspoon Pleads No Contest And Husband Guilty In DUI
In an effort to put all the public and legal drama behind them, Reese Witherspoon pleaded no contest, while her husband agent Jim Toth pleaded guilty Thursday in Atlanta court as a result of charges brought against the Hollywood couple two weeks ago, according to TMZ.
Just to rewind, Witherspoon, 37, was arrested for disorderly conduct on April 19 after Toth was handcuffed by police on suspicion of DUI. According to a police report obtained by Variety, the arrest was made after Toth, 42, was pulled over for irregular driving behavior. (The report claims that he later blew a .139 on a Breathalyzer test.)
Toth, however, showed up in court and pleaded guilty to driving under the influence. The good news is that he won’t serve any time behind bars, but as a condition of his 12-month probation he’s been ordered to perform 40 hours of community service and attend an alcohol education program.
But the judge had a few choice words for Toth: “Consider yourself fortunate you didn’t injure your passenger [Reese] and didn’t kill anyone.”
Since her arrest, details have emerged about why Witherspoon was placed in jail since she was only the passenger in the vehicle. According to the police report, she played the Hollywood card after refusing to stay in her car as her husband was arrested, verbally sparring with the officer that she was a U.S. citizen and that she was allowed “to stand on American ground.”
In a public mea culpa Thursday on Good Morning America, Witherspoon apologized to the arresting officer for her uncharacteristic behavior.
“I [had] no idea what I was saying that night,” Witherspoon said. “I saw [the officer] arresting my husband and I literally panicked. I said all kinds of crazy things. I told him I was pregnant. I’m not pregnant! I said crazy things.
“You only hear me laughing because I had no idea what I was talking about and I am so sorry,” she continued. “I was so disrespectful to him. I have police officers in my family. I work with police officers every day. I know better.”
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