Witherspoon on Arrest: 'I Had One Drink Too Many'

Actress apologizes for 'deeply embarrassing' arrest

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 22, 2013 6:27 AM CDT

(Newser) – Reese Witherspoon released a contrite statement after news broke of her arrest last night. Witherspoon, who reportedly said things like, "Do you know my name?" as her husband was being given a field sobriety test, says she is "deeply embarrassed about the things I said." "I clearly had one drink too many," she says. "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. The words I used that night definitely do not reflect who I am. I have nothing but respect for the police and I'm very sorry for my behavior."

But a source who talks to E! has a slightly different story: Witherspoon privately claims that she was not trying to pull a "Don't you know who I am?" with the officer, the source says. Rather, when Witherspoon asked "Do you know my name?," she simply meant, "Don't you need to know my name?," according to the source. Shortly after the news of Friday's arrest broke, Witherspoon attended the premiere of her new movie, Mud, in New York last night, and did not take questions from reporters, the AP reports. (See the gallery for an indication of how happy she looked to be there). Click for more on Witherspoon's behavior.

This combination of undated photo provided by the City of Atlanta Department of Corrections shows Reese Witherspoon, left, and husband James Toth.
This combination of undated photo provided by the City of Atlanta Department of Corrections shows Reese Witherspoon, left, and husband James Toth.   (AP Photo/City of Atlanta Department of Corrections)
Reese Witherspoon arrives for The Cinema Society's screening of Mud presented by FIJI Water, Sunday, April 21, 2013, in New York.
Reese Witherspoon arrives for The Cinema Society's screening of "Mud" presented by FIJI Water, Sunday, April 21, 2013, in New York.   (Photo by Jason DeCrow/Invision for FIJI Water/AP Images)
Reese Witherspoon and Matthew McConaughey arrive for The Cinema Society's screening of Mud presented by FIJI Water, Sunday, April 21, 2013, in New York.
Reese Witherspoon and Matthew McConaughey arrive for The Cinema Society's screening of "Mud" presented by FIJI Water, Sunday, April 21, 2013, in New York.   (Photo by Jason DeCrow/Invision for FIJI Water/AP Images)
In this Friday, March 8, 2013, file photo, actress Reese Witherspoon and her husband, Jim Toth, watch the Toronto Raptors take on the Los Angeles Lakers in an NBA game in Los Angeles.
In this Friday, March 8, 2013, file photo, actress Reese Witherspoon and her husband, Jim Toth, watch the Toronto Raptors take on the Los Angeles Lakers in an NBA game in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)
In this Jan. 4, 2011 file photo, Reese Witherspoon and her fiance, Jim Toth, watch an NBA basketball game between Los Angeles Lakers and the Detroit Pistons.
In this Jan. 4, 2011 file photo, Reese Witherspoon and her fiance, Jim Toth, watch an NBA basketball game between Los Angeles Lakers and the Detroit Pistons.   (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
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