America’s sweetheart or rather, “used to be sweetheart” Reese Witherspoon has pled no contest to a disorderly conduct charge and slapped with a USD213 fine. The actress was not in court but represented by her lawyer. Her husband Jim Toth pleaded guilty to driving under the influence and will have to perform 40 hours of community service and attend an alcohol education program. He was also placed on probation for a year.
“Consider yourself fortunate you didn’t injure your passenger and didn’t kill anyone”, the judge told Toth.
It came just hours after Witherspoon told Good Morning America that she panicked and said “crazy things” after Jim Toth was pulled over by police, including telling cops she was pregnant. During the interview Witherspoon repeatedly apologised for her behaviour during the 19th April traffic stop.
In the new interview, the Oscar-winning actress said she has “no idea what I was saying that night.” She said she had “one too many” glasses of wine, and panicked after she and her husband were pulled over:
I saw the the officer arrest my husband and I literally panicked. I told him I was pregnant. I’m not pregnant. I said all kinds of crazy things. I was so disrespectful to him. I have police officers in my family. I work with police officers every day. I know better. It’s just unacceptable.
Witherspoon faces a 22nd May court hearing. Jim Toth was charged with drunken driving and is due in court 23rd May.