Fans were shocked when news broke that Reese Witherspoon and her CAA agent husband, Jim Toth, were arrested early Friday morning. While Toth was booked for suspicion of DUI, Witherspoon managed to get herself into trouble for something no one saw coming — disorderly conduct.
According to reports, Witherspoon became agitated when Toth was given a field sobriety test. "Mrs. Witherspoon began to hang out the window and say that she did not believe that I was a real police officer," the arresting officer said in his report. "I told Mrs. Witherspoon to sit on her butt and be quiet."
She didn't listen. The "Devil's Knot" star continued her rant, asking, "Do you know my name?" When the officer said he didn't need to know her name, she stated, "You're about to find out who I am ... You are going to be on national news." Witherspoon also argued that she was a "U.S. citizen" and that she was allowed to "stand on American ground." Charming.
Now, it's true that this little outburst seems a bit out of character for one of America's sweethearts; however, she's not alone. History (and by history, we mean the Internet) provides a long and distinguished list of other stars who have lost their cool during run-ins with the law.
Like, Mel Gibson, for example. When the actor was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving back in 2006, his tirade quickly deteriorated from anger to pure hate. What began with, "My life is f****d" ended with "F*****g Jews ... The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world." He's still trying to recover from that one. Good luck.
And who could forget Lindsay Lohan's statement of surprise when she was arrested last November for allegedly punching a psychic at a Manhattan nightclub because the woman offered her a free reading, which, apparently, Lohan didn't want? Hours later, when Lindsay emerged from the hot spot and officers cuffed her she snapped, "Are you kidding me?! Are you kidding me?!"
During his DUI arrest, "That's So Raven" actor Orlando Brown had a slightly more nuanced strategy: he claimed he wasn't even driving at all. That's a new one. His manager later claimed that Brown was simply letting a female friend listen to some new music of his and he was only sitting in the driver's seat in order to put in the CD. He wasn't going to drive anywhere. Apparently, the CD player in the car is the only one he has.
Just last week, funny man Kevin Hart was arrested on suspicion of DUI (a theme seems to be emerging here). He wasted no time, tweeting, "When the cop asked me to take the sobriety test I said 'WHY WASTE OUR TIME… I'M DRUNK MAN'… #TrueStory."
But actors aren't the only stars guilty of such rants. When Randy Travis was arrested last summer on suspicion of DUI (after walking into a convenience store naked to demand cigarettes), the singer reportedly threatened to shoot and kill the troopers working the case. Generally speaking, that's not a good idea.
And perhaps one of the oddest rants of all came from songstress Fiona Apple, who used her first public statement since her arrest for marijuana possession to accuse the officers of "inappropriate" and "probably illegal" conduct. In a widely distributed video, she goes on for nearly two minutes, threatening to make the police "famous" for their wrongdoings.
So while Reese is obviously on damage control after her, umm, colorful statements, at least she's in good company with some of Tinseltown's elite.
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