Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 21 October 2014

Witherspoon ‘happy to be home’

Reese Witherspoon

Reese Witherspoon is “mortified” but “happy” to be back at home with her three children following her arrest for disorderly conduct.

The “mortified” star returned to Los Angeles on Monday night, following her arrest for disorderly conduct on Friday.

The 37-year-old actress was briefly jailed after her spouse Jim Toth was taken into custody for driving under the influence in Atlanta, Georgia.

"She is happy to be home with her kids again," a source told People. "She didn't feel good about being away from them after the news of her arrest broke. Her kids are everything to her."

Her older children, 13-year-old Ava and Deacon, nine, had been staying with their father, actor Ryan Phillippe, while Reese was filming drama The Good Lie on location in Atlanta.

Apparently the actress called her children after she was arrested to inform them what had happened.

It is said Reese still bears shame.

"She's a fun girl who likes to have a good time and let loose every now and then," said the insider. "What's shocking is she didn't rein it in enough to keep herself out of trouble.

“It was a really bad decision on both their parts and trust me, they're evaluating that and they will make sure it doesn't happen again."

Reese was arrested after entering into a verbal disagreement with the police officer and ignoring his request to stay inside the vehicle.

Jim, 42, a CAA talent agent, is widely known as a “big social drinker” according to another People insider, but both he and Reese are seen as “very solid” and “well liked.”

The couple married in 2011 and are parents to seven-month-old baby Tennessee.

Reese has since issued a public apology for her disorderly behaviour.

"I clearly had one drink too many and I am deeply embarrassed about the things I said. It was definitely a scary situation and I was frightened for my husband, but that is no excuse," she explained.

"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 behaviour."

The pair are due to appear in court on May 22 in Atlanta.

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