Reese Witherspoon, husband arrested after clash with Atlanta cop
By Bill Zwecker April 21, 2013 9:10PM
Reese Witherspoon and husband Jim Toth are shown in police booking mugs taken after their arrests early Friday. | City of Atlanta Department of Corrections
Updated: May 23, 2013 6:05AM
Who would have thunk it? Reese Witherspoon — the Oscar-winning actress known for her squeaky-clean, girl-next-door image — got tossed in the slammer early Friday, charged with disorderly conduct after allegedly clashing with a police officer in Atlanta.
It all happened after Witherspoon’s husband, top Hollywood agent James Toth, was pulled over under suspicion of DUI. Daily Variety obtained a copy of the police report, indicating that the actress had to be handcuffed after she refused the officer’s instructions to remain in the car while he dealt with her husband’s Breathalyzer test.
Once Witherspoon’s husband was placed under arrest for the suspected DUI, the police report states the actress exited the car, defying the cop’s orders to get back inside and stating she was “a U.S. citizen” and as such was allowed “to stand on American ground.”
Witherspoon also reportedly asked the officer, “Do you know my name?” When he said he didn’t, she told him, “You’re about to find out who I am. … You are going to be on national news.”
The irony: Now it’s Witherspoon splashed all over the national media — rather than the unknown Georgia cop.
Both Toth and Witherspoon were released around 3:30 a.m. Friday. A court appearance is scheduled for Monday, but it’s expected the couple’s attorney will request a postponement.
The actress had been in the Atlanta area filming “The Good Lie,” a film about a young refugee of the Sudanese Civil War who wins a lottery for relocation to the United States with three other lost boys — leading to a relationship with an American woman, played by Witherspoon. She attended a New York premiere of her new movie “Mud” Sunday night but declined to answer questions.
KIM & KRIS SETTLE: In the final analysis, the pocketbook trumped the ego as Kris Humphries came to understand there was no way he’d win his long fight with Kim Kardashian and accepted a divorce settlement Friday. The many-months-long battle between the former couple lasted far longer than the 72 days they were together. Humphries was demanding an annulment rather than a divorce and had sued Kardashian for $7 million.
A source close to the case told this column Sunday, “You’d think it wouldn’t have taken this long, but Kris is incredibly stubborn. On top of all that, Kris’ family in Minnesota also had come to be obsessed with beating Kim on this. They really wanted her to pay for Kris’ humiliation — big time.
“But he finally was convinced by his lawyers — plus the arguments made by some outside attorneys he checked with — that he would not be able to prove Kim marrying him was a big fraud simply to boost ratings for her reality show.”
In the end, a second source confirmed, the Brooklyn Nets star realized he likely would not only lose to Kardashian, but be forced to shell out big bucks to pay her lawyers as well as his own. The reality TV star’s legal fees already top $300,000 and, if the case had gone to trial, could have exceeded $500,000.
“On top of all that, he needs to put this behind him and focus on what’s really important right now — the NBA playoffs,” added the source.
While no details about the final settlement have leaked out, it’s assumed the ex-couple’s ironclad prenuptial agreement will leave Humphries with little if anything after he pays his own attorneys.
DALEY NEWS: Former mayor Rich Daley has been very low-profile lately, but the city’s former CEO will be the star attraction May 1 as the guest speaker at the Field Museum Women’s Board’s “Women in Science Fellowship” luncheon. Fox 32 anchor Bob Sirott will moderate a Q&A with Daley, who is expected to talk about how the Columbian Exposition and Daniel Burnham inspired him to “make no little plans” during his 22-year tenure as Chicago’s mayor — focusing on the museum campus, Millennium Park, his pet landscaping projects and his controversial decision to turn Meigs Field into parkland.
WHAT A ZOO! After the widespread flooding in the western suburbs — including at Brookfield Zoo — it was lucky Saturday’s big “Animals Around the Whirl” gala even was able to be held. Fortunately, the fete was a big success, raising more than $1 million for the popular zoo. One lighthearted moment came when Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle was thanking a number of public officials who were helpful in aiding the zoo — including U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam, quipping, “It’s not often I’m heard thanking Republicans, so Peter — please take note!”
SEEN ON THE SCENE: A bevy of Bulls gathered at Market restaurant and then Board Room — including Carlos Boozer, Marco Belinelli, Taj Gibson and Derrick Rose — to toast teammate Luol Deng’s birthday. … Not surprisingly, NBA Hall of Famer and recent “Splash” reality TV diving competitor Kareem Abdul-Jabbar towered over the other diners at the Chicago Cut steakery Saturday night. … Sports and broadcasting legend John Madden slipped into the downtown Naperville Giordano’s pizza eatery the other night. … The Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo was spotted relaxing at Hub 51. … Fans enjoyed spying “Chicago Fire” actor Yuri Sardarov partying with pals at Studio Paris.