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Because, yes, that Reese Witherspoon was arrested and spent a night in jail this weekend for disorderly conduct. And yes, that Reese Witherspoon tried to argue with the cop because she's a famous person and she is allowed to "stand on American ground."

This is the story, according to Variety: Witherspoon and her CAA agent-husband James Toth were pulled over Friday evening in Atlanta, Georgia when a police officer noticed their silver 2013 Ford Focus weaving between two lanes. Toth blew well over the legal limit on his breathalyzer test despite claiming to only have had one drink with dinner a few hours before. As the officer was booking her husband, Witherspoon became restless while waiting in the car:

"Mrs. Witherspoon began to hang out the window and say that she did not believe that I was a real police officer," according to the police report. "I told Mrs. Witherspoon to sit on her butt and be quiet."


As the report details, "Mrs. Witherspoon asked, "Do you know my name?" I answered, "No, I don't need to know your name." I then added, "right now." Mrs. Witherspoon stated, "You're about to find out who I am."

The report also specified, "Mrs. Witherspoon also stated, 'You are going to be on national news.' I advised Mrs. Witherspoon that was fine."

Oof, that's not a good look. Witherspoon's insubordination earned her a disorderly conduct charge. The actress is in Atlanta filming a movie called The Good Lie. There's a courtroom joke here that's just on the tip of the tongue but won't, oh, forget it. I don't want to live in a world where Reese Witherspoon is this much of a jerk. 

We're not entirely sure what the craziest part of this whole story: that squeaky clean Reese Witherspoon was arrested, or that it somehow stayed out of the news until Sunday evening. We heard nothing from TMZ, who cover the legal troubles of Hollywood women, or Deadline, who cover the workings of agencies like CAA, all weekend. Usually they would be on this like fruit flies on vinegar. But we heard nada. 

The happy couple are booked for a court appointment Monday morning, but it's unlikely they'll show up. (A lawyer usually does the dirty work for these things.) Maybe Witherspoon will have some helpful advice for her counsel. She does have some experience in the legal realm: 

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