Dash Cam Video of Reese Witherspoon Released
The shocking police dash cam video of Reese Witherspoon as she's arrested for disorderly conduct has surfaced.
"I'm an American citizen," Witherspoon said.
The officer replied, "I told you get in that car and stay in there. Didn't I?"
"This is harassment. You are harrassing me as an American citizen. I have done nothing against the law," she said.
The video was released the day after Witherspoon appeared on Good Morning America and apologized for her behavior.
"I'm so sorry, I was so disrespectful to him," she said.
Her husband, Hollywood agent Jim Toth, was in handcuffs. He was behind the wheel of a Ford Fusion on April 19, weaving between lanes, when a Georgia state trooper pulled him over and gave him a field sobriety test.
Witherspoon was told several times to stay in the car.
"Ma'am get back in that car, I'm not going to repeat myself again," the officer ordered her.
Witherspoon then said, "I'm pregnant and I need to use the bathroom."
"If I tell you again, I'm gonna arrest you," the officer threatened.
Witherspoon explained on Good Morning America, "I said all kinds of crazy things. I told him I was pregnant. I'm not pregnant."
The video clearly showed Witherspoon ignoring the cop's order, and she was placed under arrest, much to her amazement.
"I have done nothing against the law," said Witherspoon.
"Yes you have, you didn't obey my command," the officer replied.
She said, "I have to obey your orders?"
"Yes, you do," said the officer.
You can even hear her husband pleading with her, saying, "Reese, Reese. Relax."
Then she let loose with those now notorious words that have caused her so much embarrassment.
"Do you know my name sir?" she asked.
"Don't need to know," the officer said.
"You don't need to know my name?" asked Witherspoon.
The officer replied, "Not quite yet. I'll get that information."
"Oh really? Okay. You're about to find out who I am!" she said.
The officer then said, "That's fine, I'm not real worried about you ma'am."
Witherspoon's husband tried to explain his wife's behavior by saying, "My wife does get harassed quite a bit."
She is heard laughing in amazement from the back of the cop's car.
During the 37 minute video, the officer takes Witherspoon, in handcuffs, out of the car to talk to her.
"I asked you nicely to stay in your vehicle. Did I not?" he said.
"Yes, sir," she said.
The officer said, "Why in God's holy name did you get up out of there?"
"I felt like you were obstructing justice," she said.
"How am I obstructing justice. I am sworn to uphold justice," he said.
"I am an American citizen. I'm allowed to do whatever I want to do," Witherspoon said.
INSIDE EDITION asked former police officer Steve Kardian to analyze the tape.
He said, "She got out of the car, he told her, and obviously it was the second warning. He began to give her another warning, but then she ranted about 'I'm an American citizen, I am allowed to stand on U.S. ground.' Game over. There's no rationalizing with this lady, she's getting placed under arrest."
At the end of the tape you can hear Witherspoon and her husband alone in the car. He actually chastizes her for not following the officers orders.
"What did I do?" she asked.
"He told you to stop," Toth said.
Witherspoon said, "He does not have jurisdiction over the ground that he speaks on."
Toth then said, "He asked you to get in the car. All you should have done was let me get arrested. It just turned it really bad, is all I'm saying."
On Thursday, she pleaded no contest and was fined $213. Her husband pled guilty to driving under the influence. Considering all the attention the dash cam video is getting, Witherspoon was right about one thing.
"It will be national news. I just want to let you know," she said in the video.