Reese Witherspoon is “deeply embarrassed” about what she said to police officers after she and her husband were arrested during a traffic stop in Atlanta.
The Oscar-winning actress released a statement late Sunday apologizing for her behavior to police that began when her husband, Hollywood agent Jim Toth, was arrested Friday for driving under the influence of alcohol. “I clearly had one drink too many and I am deeply embarrassed about the things I said,” Witherspoon said. “It was definitely a scary situation, and I was frightened for my husband, but that is no excuse. I was disrespectful to the officer who was just doing his job. I have nothing but respect for the police and I’m very sorry for my behavior.”
At one point, Witherspoon is quoted as asking the trooper. “Do you know my name?” She also said: “You’re about to find out who I am,” according to the report. Toth and Witherspoon were then taken to jail.
Author Erdrich finalist for Carnegie medal
Louise Erdrich and Junot Diaz are among the finalists for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction chosen by the American Library Association. Erdrich’s “The Round House” and Diaz’s “This Is How You Lose Her” are the nominees. Also contending for the $5,000 award is Richard Ford’s “Canada.”
Finalists for the nonfiction category, also worth $5,000, are Jill Lepore’s “The Mansion of Happiness,” Timothy Egan’s “Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher” and David Quammen’s “Spillover.” Medals will be presented June 30 at the association’s annual conference in Chicago. Established in 2012, the awards are made possible by a grant from the Carnegie Corp.
concert news: Bob Dylan will hit St. Paul’s Midway Stadium and other minor-league ballparks again this summer, and he’s bringing some heavy hitters for warm-up acts. Wilco, My Morning Jacket and Richard Thompson will perform with Dylan in his native state July 10, part of the so-called “Americanarama Festival of Music” tour. The general-admission $68 tickets go on sale Saturday at 10 a.m. through eTix.com and 1-800-514-ETIX (3849), or in person at th
In other concert news: An unlikely pairing of two wildly different musical worlds will take place on shared home territory June 29 when bluegrassy acoustic pickers Trampled by Turtles and indie-rap vets Atmosphere co-headline the scenic Bayfront Festival Park in TBT’s hometown of Duluth. Tickets go on sale Friday at noon for $25 through eTix and First Ave outlets.