Reese Witherspon has been understandably laying low since she and husband and agent Jim Toth were arrested in Atlanta, she was charged "disorderly conduct," and she embarrassed herself by pulling the cringe-worthy, "Do you know who I am?" celebrity card. The acerbic tongue-wagging about America's sweetheart exhibiting far less than sweet behavior could be enough to keep her out of the public eye for a while. (Or at least until her publicist develops a spin for her to sell when she decides to do the late night circuit. My guess is they'll go for one parts self-deprecating to two parts apologetic.)
But! In the meantime! We can now watch a recently released video of her in the parking lot of the Atlanta jail, getting un-handcuffed, and following an officer in to get booked. Check it out ...
I don't know about you, but I think she looks pretty darn compliant and embarrassed right there. Sure, the surveillance footage is kinda blurry, so it's sort of hard to tell much at all, but hey, she did as she was told, and it looks like she's even sort of hanging her head in shame. Aw! She's sorry, guys! Plus, she can clearly walk, so she was definitely not THAT drunk! (Although a police source did tell People, "She was wobbly. She didn't need help walking, but she wasn't at a point where we could get a really clear picture.")
Ever since this story blew up, I've felt like, hey, the woman's only human. She was standing by her man and got a little carried away with her tipsy self. She screwed up, sure, but it's not like she pulled anything CLOSE to what many of her celebrity peers (especially those who are extra screwed up as a result of growing up in the biz, like she did!) do on the regular. I actually feel bad that she's walking on eggshells and worried she's forever tarnished her squeaky-clean, hot Hollywood mom image.
As far as I'm concerned, this footage makes it even clearer -- Reese didn't mess up so badly that she shouldn't be publicly forgiven. Sooner rather than later.
What do you think about this footage? Do you forgive Reese?