May 3, 2013 at 8:15 AM ET
If Reese Witherspoon was going to take a turn as belligerent spouse, under arrest and "obstructing your justice," one might think the display was for a starring role. Not so much though, in the case of the Oscar-winning actress' April 21 arrest in Atlanta, which was very real and captured on police video. That footage is now showing up online, validating much of what was already indicated in the initial arrest report.
Witherspoon and her husband Jim Toth were pulled over in Atlanta when he was seen to be weaving in traffic. On Thursday she pleaded no contest to physical obstruction, and he pleaded guilty to DUI.
In the video, originally obtained by TMZ, she's shown interrupting the officer when he speaks with her husband: "I'm a U.S. citizen ... I'm allowed to stand on American ground and ask any question I want to ask," she said.
The officer told her to sit down, but she persisted, saying "I have done nothing against the law!" and then incredulously wondering, "I have to obey your orders?"
Later, as previously indicated in the police report, she asked if he knew her name and said "You're about to find out who I am" when he said he didn't need to know it right at that moment.
After the officer mentions that there's a law for what she's doing, "obstruction," she gets even more feisty: "I'm obstructing your justice? I'm being anti-American?"
Toth tried to smooth things over by apologizing, saying, "I had nothing to do with that."
Off-camera, Witherspoon told the officer she needed to use the bathroom and was pregnant. (In a later interview, however, she denied being pregnant.)
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Witherspoon will have to pay a $213 fine and Toth must perform 40 hours of community service and attend an alcohol education program. He is now on 12 months of probation.