Reese Witherspoon's Dad a Bigamist?

Actress' mom files lawsuit against John Draper Witherspoon

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted May 10, 2012 10:45 AM CDT

(Newser) – Reese Witherspoon’s mom is suing her husband for bigamy, claiming they are still married and that he may not even remember marrying a second woman in January. Mary Elizabeth “Betty” Witherspoon has been married to John Draper Witherspoon for 42 years, but says they began living separately in 1996 due to his issues with alcohol, hoarding, and spending too much. They never divorced, and Betty says she still loves John and does not want to divorce.

Betty says early-onset dementia may have caused John, 70, to not remember marrying Tricianne Taylor, 60. “When I confronted my husband, he said he didn’t know who Tricianne Taylor was and that he did not remember getting married,” she says in an affidavit. She also claims Taylor never responded when Betty informed her John was already married, and that she fears Taylor will cause financial troubles in the family. She wants the marriage to be annulled, The Tennessean reports.

Reese Witherspoon, cast member in This Means War, poses for photographers before a press conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday March 9, 2012.
Reese Witherspoon, cast member in "This Means War," poses for photographers before a press conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday March 9, 2012.   (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
Reese Witherspoon arrives at the annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner in Washington on April 27, 2012.   AFP PHOTO/Nicholas KAMM
Reese Witherspoon arrives at the annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner in Washington on April 27, 2012. AFP PHOTO/Nicholas KAMM   (Getty Images)
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