Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 23 July 2014

Witherspoon pleads ‘no contest’ to charge

Reese Witherspoon

Reese Witherspoon has entered a “no contest” plea to charges stemming from her disorderly conduct arrest and will pay a $213 fine.

TMZ reports the actress was not in court on Thursday, but her lawyer Bruce Morris entered the plea to the charge of “physical obstruction of another”.

She was ordered to pay a $213 fine.

Reese’s husband Jim Toth was in court to plead guilty to his DUI charge in Atlanta, Georgia.

Jim, a CAA talent agent, will have to perform 40 hours of community service and attend an alcohol education programme.

He will also be placed on probation for 12 months.

"Consider yourself fortunate you didn't injure your passenger [Reese] and didn't kill anyone,” the judge told him during proceedings.

Reese was arrested for disorderly conduct on April 19 when Jim was pulled over on suspicion of DUI.

The Oscar-winning actress entered into a verbal disagreement with the arresting officer and ignored his request to stay inside the vehicle.

She was handcuffed and taken to a nearby jail to be booked.

Hours before the court hearing, the star gave her first interview on Good Morning America. She admitted to saying some “crazy things” while intoxicated.

"I have no idea what I was saying that night. I saw him 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," she said.

"You only hear me laughing because I had no idea what I was talking about and I am so sorry. I was so disrespectful to him. I have police officers in my family. I work with police officers every day. I know better."

Reese went on to accept it was “poor judgment” for Jim to drive home after he had been drinking.

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