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Reese Witherspoon has revealed she was assaulted by an unnamed film director when she was 16.
In a speech at an Elle Women in Hollywood event on October 16, the Oscar-winning actress said she felt “true disgust at the director”.
She also said she felt “anger… at the agents and producers who made me feel silence was a condition of my employment”.
Reese Witherspoon said she had suffered multiple other “experiences of harassment and s**ual assault” during her career.
The actress didn’t go into detail about her experiences as a 16-year-old, but added: “I wish I could tell you that that was an isolated incident in my career, but sadly, it wasn’t.”
Reese Witherspoon said she didn’t speak about those experiences “very often”.
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However, she went on: “After hearing all the stories these past few days… the things that we’re kind of told to sweep under the rug and not talk about, it’s made me want to speak up and speak up loudly because I felt less alone this week than I’ve ever felt in my entire career.
“And I’ve just spoken to so many actresses and writers, and particularly women who’ve had similar experiences, and many of them have bravely gone public with their stories.
“And that truth is very encouraging to me and to everyone out there in the world because you can only heal by telling the truth.”
Reese Witherspoon said she didn’t sleep before giving her speech because of “the feelings I’ve been having about anxiety, about being honest, the guilt for not speaking up earlier or taking action”.
The actress referred to the fact it had “been a hard week for women in Hollywood” following the Harvey Weinstein allegations.
However, she said she believed there was a new attitude towards harassment, which would address “the abuse of power in this business and every business”.
Reese Witherspoon added: “I feel really, really encouraged that there will be a new normal.”
Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman are to star in Big Little Lies TV series by Ally McBeal writer David E. Kelley.
Based on the book Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty, it tells of three mothers with children in nursery school who get caught up in a murder mystery.
The actresses will play two of those women, whose seemingly perfect lives unravel during a school fundraiser.
Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman will also co-executive produce alongside David E. Kelley.
The third role has yet to be cast.
Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman’s respective production companies, Pacific Standard and Blossom Films, had originally optioned the rights to the Australian author’s book earlier this year as a feature film.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the comedy drama is being shopped to US cable networks and streaming services like Netflix as a “limited series”.
Although it could run as a one-off, a limited series still offers the opportunity for a show to be renewed for further episodes if it goes down well with viewers, like CBS sci-fi drama Under The Dome.
Reese Witherspoon last appeared on TV in 2000 in sitcom Friends, guest-starring as Jennifer Aniston’s on-screen sister Jill. She has also voiced characters in animated series King of the Hill and The Simpsons.
Nicole Kidman appeared in a number of Australian TV series at the start of her career including A Country Practice and Five Mile Creek.
She starred in TV movie Hemingway and Gellhorn alongside Clive Owen in 2012, which earned her a best actress Golden Globe nomination.
Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman are the latest A-list stars try their hand at the small screen, joining the likes of Kevin Spacey, Billy Bob Thornton, Halle Berry, Martin Sheen, Alec Baldwin and, for one season only, Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson in True Detective.
Peggy Lee biopic project has resumed after being postponed in the wake of the death of screenwriter Nora Ephron in 2012.
The as yet untitled movie, starring Reese Witherspoon, will be directed by Todd Haynes, who previously made a biopic about musician Karen Carpenter.
Nora Ephron’s screenplay has been reworked by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Doug Wright.
Peggy Lee biopic project has resumed after being postponed in the wake of the death of screenwriter Nora Ephron in 2012
The writer had also been set to direct the film before she died aged 71.
Reese Witherspoon has had a long-standing interest in portraying Peggy Lee, who died in 2002.
Peggy Lee was best known for her hits including Fever and Is That All There Is?.
In 2005, Reese Witherspoon won an Oscar for playing country musician June Carter Cash in Walk The Line, a film about the life of Johnny Cash.
Scarlett Johansson is rumored to portray Hillary Clinton in the upcoming biopic, Rodham.
Scarlett Johansson, 28, has not secured the role just yet: she is apparently up against Jessica Chastain, Amanda Seyfried and Reese Witherspoon.
Rodham will focus on the early stages of Hilary Clinton’s career, when she was a lawyer in Washington.
The writer, Young il-Kim, was forced to deny reports earlier this year that the film was full of raunchy s** scenes when the script was leaked by The Daily Beast.
“<<Rodham>> is a journey of a woman who was torn between her personal desires and her professional ambition – both literally pulled her thousands of miles apart, because Bill did not want to leave Arkansas, and she did not want to leave Washington, D.C.,” Young il-Kim told Politico earlier this year.
Director James Ponstoldt, who was attached to the movie last month and casting for the prestigious role has only just begun.
James Ponstoldt describes Scarlett Johansson and the other candidates as “all wonderful actresses”, according to The Independent.
Scarlett Johansson is rumored to portray Hillary Clinton in the upcoming biopic, Rodham
He adds that they are “very fortunate that a lot of really great actors are interested in playing these roles. We’re in an enviable position”.
Scarlett Johansson was most recently seen on the big screen portraying Janet Leigh in the biographical comedy-drama, Hitchcock.
She has previously taken on a wide variety of roles, from the provocative Nola in Match Point to the demure Meg Windermere in A Good Woman.
Her competition is fierce, however, with Jessica Chastain having just received rave reviews for her performance in Zero Dark Thirty.
Amanda Seyfried was also applauded for her performance alongside Hugh Jackman in Les Miserables.
Reese Witherspoon, who has also played a diverse range of strong female roles, has recently appeared in the critically acclaimed Mud.
Reese Witherspoon’s arrest video footage shows how actress got into a drunken confrontation with a police officer which resulted in her detention for disorderly conduct.
The one and a half minute film, taken from the patrol car’s dash camera and posted on TMZ, shows Reese Witherspoon luring and screaming at a police officer in Atlanta, Georgia following her husband Jim Toth’s arrest for DUI.
Reese Witherspoon, 37, was arrested for on April 19 after disobeying an officer’s order to stay in the car.
After repeated requests from the police officer and her husband to stay quiet, Reese Witherspoon’s antagonistic exchange with the police officer ended in her being handcuffed and charged.
In the video, an agitated Reese Witherspoon attempts to protest after husband Jim Toth was handcuffed after failing a field sobriety test.
The officer told the actress several times to sit down and stay in the car, much to her chagrin.
“I’m pregnant and I need to use the restroom,” she calls to the officer – but she later revealed on Good Morning America on Thursday was untrue.
Seemingly unable to listen, Reese Witherspoon gets out of the car and begins arguing with the officer who promptly arrests her.
“Do you know my name sir?” she asks the policeman, who responds with a curt, “Don’t need to know.”
“You don’t NEED to know my name?” she asks.
Reese Witherspoon appeared on Good Morning America on Thursday, in her first interview since her arrest
“You’re about to find out who I am,” the actress adds.
Clearly furious at being handcuffed, Reese Witherspoon begins to indignantly accuse the officer of harassment.
“I’m a U.S. citizen… I’m allowed to stand on American ground and ask any question I want to ask,” she screams.
“You’re harassing me as an American citizen. You better not arrest me.”
Even more damming for Reese Witherspoon was her husband’s rather embarrassed reaction to her outburst after she is handcuffed.
“I’m sorry. I had absolutely nothing to do with that,” Jim Toth told the officer.
Meanwhile, Reese Witherspoon pleaded “no contest” to charges stemming from her disorderly conduct arrest two weeks ago.
The actress was not in the Atlanta court to hear her lawyer Bruce Morris enter the plea on Thursday.
Reese Witherspoon was ordered to pay a $213 fine on the charge of “physical obstruction of another”, according to TMZ.
However, Jim Toth was in court to enter a guilty plea for DUI.
The judge told him: “Consider yourself fortunate you didn’t injure your passenger [Reese Witherspoon] and didn’t kill anyone.”
Jim Toth, a talent agent for CAA, received no jail time, but must perform 40 hours of community service and attend an alcohol education programme.
He has also been placed on probation for 12 months.
Reese Witherspoon appeared on Good Morning America on Thursday, in her first interview since her arrest.
Speaking publicly for the first time about the incident, the actress said: “It was just one of those nights – we went out to dinner and had one too many glasses of wine.
“We thought we were OK to drive but we definitely were not. We are just so sorry this happened. We know better than that. It’s something that will absolutely never happen again.
“I had no idea what I was thinking that night. I saw him arrest my husband and I just panicked. I said all kinds of crazy things to the officer. I even told him I was pregnant. I am not pregnant!”
When asked what she said to her children about the incident, Reese Witherspoon told ABC: “The worst part was having to speak to the kids.
“We are so embarrassed by it but we just had to tell them that when you make a mistake, you have to take responsibility. We were honest with them.”
Reese Witherspoon has two children aged 13 and 9 with her first husband Ryan Phillippe and an 8-month-old baby with Jim Toth.
Reese Witherspoon has been pictured in handcuffs following her dramatic arrest in the early hours of Friday morning.
The footage shows Reese Witherspoon, 37, being led out of an Atlanta police station in cuffs before being unshackled and taken inside for booking.
Reese Witherspoon appears in a calm and co-operative demeanor, although the video – obtained by TMZ– serves as another nail in her well-carved squeaky clean image.
The actress was arrested for disorderly conduct last Friday after her husband Jim Toth was arrested on suspicion of DUI.
Talent agent Jim Toth, 42, apparently feels “awful” for getting Reese Witherspoon involved in his arrest and is overwhelmed with guilt.
A source told People magazine: “[Jim Toth] feels awful that he involved Reese in the situation. He made a bad decision and
it certainly made things worse that he dragged her into it.
“[He] has to pay the consequences, bottom line. He gets that.”
Jim Toth reached 1.39 on the sobriety test – over Georgia’s legal limit of 0.08 – when he and Reese Witherspoon were pulled over in the early hours of the morning and it is thought their “embarrassing” incident will cause him to look at alcohol in a different way.
Reese Witherspoon has been pictured in handcuffs following her dramatic arrest in the early hours of Friday morning
The source added: “Jim has always been a big social drinker. A lot of his job is being social. He’s out to lunch or dinner almost every day of the week, schmoozing clients and taking business meetings.
“[The arrest is] just going to make the two of them stop and pause, and think about maybe how much Jim’s drinking plays a role in their lives – if it does or not.”
Jim Toth and Reese Witherspoon, who have 7-month-old son Tennessee together, have been given bail until their court hearing on May 22.
Reese Witherspoon – who also has children Ava, 13, and son Deacon, 10, with ex-husband Ryan Phillippe – has since made a public apology for her behavior.
Referring to disrespectful comments to authorities, which allegedly included the statement “you’re about to find out who I am”, the actress said: “Out of respect for the
ongoing legal situation, I cannot comment on everything that is being reported right now.
“But I do want to say I clearly had one drink too many and I am deeply embarrassed about the things I said.
“It was definitely a scary situation and I was frightened for my husband, but that was no excuse. I was disrespectful to the officer who was just doing his job.
“I have nothing but respect for the police and I am very sorry for my behavior.”
Meanwhile, Reese Witherspoon’s friend Chelsea Handler told Entertainment Tonight that the actress was “doing fine”.
“She was just trying to protect her husband, so,” she said.
“I mean everybody makes mistakes, so it’s not a big deal.”
Chelsea Handler met up with Reese Witherspoon, her husband and a group of friends including Cameron Diaz, Michael Keaton, Judd Apatow, and Leslie Mann – two days after the couple’s arrest.
According to Us Weekly, Reese Witherspoon and Jim Toth joined their friends at the Greenwich Hotel in New York City.
Reese Witherspoon began dating Jim Toth in early February 2010, three years after her divorce from actor Ryan Phillippe with who she has two children.
Jim Toth and Reese Witherspoon married in Ojai, California in March 2011.
Reese Witherspoon appeared on the red carpet at Mud premiere in NYC just 48 hours after her arrest for disorderly conduct in Atlanta
Reese Witherspoon appeared on the red carpet at Mud premiere in NYC just 48 hours after her arrest for disorderly conduct in Atlanta, Georgia, over the weekend.
Reese Witherspoon, 37, known for her squeaky clean image, released a statement late Sunday apologizing for her behavior to police that began when her husband, Hollywood agent Jim Toth, was arrested early Friday for DUI.
“Do you know my name?” Reese Witherspoon is quoted as saying in a state trooper’s report.
The actress also said: “You’re about to find out who I am’ and ‘You’re about to be on national news,” according to the report.
Reese Witherspoon’s statement said: “I clearly had one drink too many and I am deeply embarrassed about the things I 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.
“The words I used that night definitely do not reflect who I am. I have nothing but respect for the police and I’m very sorry for my behavior.”
Reese Witherspoon said she can’t comment further “out of respect” for the pending case, and her publicist, Meredith O’Sullivan Wasson, offered no other details.
The Oscar-winning actress posed for cameras on the red carpet at the NYC premiere of her film Mud, but did not stop to talk to reporters.
Reese Witherspoon smiled for the cameras as she would under any normal circumstance, coyly perking up the sides of her mouth as she gave seductive glances to anyone she encountered.
She slimmed up her figure in a loose-fitting black mini dress that drew attention to her toned and trim legs.
Reese Witherspoon also drew attention to her new honey brown hair, which she dyed recently as she is working on The Good Lie in Atlanta, Georgia.
Reese Witherspoon and her husband James Toth were arrested early on Friday morning in Atlanta, Georgia, for disorderly conduct and DUI, respectively.
Reese Witherspoon, 37, was jailed along with James Toth, 42, after he failed to pass a sobriety test.
The city’s Department of Corrections confirmed that Reese Witherspoon and James Toth arrested after Toth was stopped by a patrol car under suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.
James Toth mugshot
Reese Witherspoon mugshot
According to a police report which was released on Sunday, Reese Witherspoon was handcuffed and briefly jailed for refusing to obey orders given to her by an officer of the law.
James Toth was also put under arrest for a blood alcohol level reported to be .139, well above the legal limit of 0.08.
Reese Witherspoon and James Toth were released on bail at 3:30 in the morning on Friday.
Before their release, they both posed for mugshots.
Reese Witherspoon, who is currently brunette, is pictured looking down with what appears to be a slight smirk across her face.
Meanwhile, James Toth looks up to the camera in his picture, appearing somewhat glassy-eyed.
Their initial legal hearing for their arrests is set for Monday morning in the Atlanta Municipal court.
But according to Variety, Reese Witherspoon and James Toth are not expected to report to the judge at their court ordered appearance and are anticipated to, through their attorney, request a postponement.
Reese Witherspoon was arrested for disorderly conduct after allegedly resisting the orders of a police officer in Atlanta, Georgia, on Friday night.
Reese Witherspoon, 37, was jailed along with husband CAA agent James Toth after he failed to pass a sobriety test.
The city’s Department of Corrections confirmed that Reese Witherspoon and James Toth were arrested after Toth was stopped by a patrol car under suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.
According to a police report obtained by Variety, Reese Witherspoon was handcuffed and briefly jailed for refusing to obey orders given to her by an officer of the law.
Reese Witherspoon was arrested for disorderly conduct after James Toth was handcuffed for DUI
James Toth, 42, was also put under arrest for a blood alcohol level reported to be .139, well above the legal limit of 0.08.
Reese Witherspoon and James Toth were released on bail at 3:30 in the morning on Friday.
Their initial legal hearing is set for Monday morning in the Atlanta Municipal court.
According to Variety, Reese Witherspoon and James Toth are not expected to report to the judge at their court ordered appearance and are anticipated to, through their attorney, request a postponement.
Reese Witherspoon and James Toth are currently residing in Atlanta to shoot Reese’s new movie The Good Lie.
James Toth was apprehended after midnight on Friday for recklessly weaving across Peachtree Street, in the city of Atlanta.
The police report alleges that he smelled of alcohol and appeared “disheveled”.
After pulling the DUI suspect over, the sobriety test was conducted in a Walgreens parking lot.
Reese Witherspoon is said to have been warned to remain inside her vehicle, while her husband was subjected to the DUI test.
The officer on the scene claims that Reese Witherspoon became clearly agitated and eventually disobeyed his verbal commands.
The officer reported: “Mrs. Witherspoon began to hang out the window and say that she did not believe that I was a real police officer.”
The law enforcer explained in the report: “I told Mrs. Witherspoon to sit on her butt and be quiet.”
But once James Toth was handcuffed, the mother-of-three disembarked from her seat, telling the officer that she was a “US citizen” and that she had the right to “stand on American ground”.
The report then described how Reese Witherspoon resisted him as he grabbed her arms to arrest her.
James Toth is said to have made a verbal attempt to calm his hysterical wife.
The officer’s report further details: “Mrs. Witherspoon asked, <<Do you know my name?>> I answered, <<No, I don’t need to know your name>>. I then added, <<right now>>. Mrs. Witherspoon stated, <<You’re about to find out who I am>>.”
According to the arresting officer: “Mrs. Witherspoon also stated, <<You are going to be on national news>>. I advised Mrs. Witherspoon that was fine.”
James Toth is said to be facing charges for DUI and failure to stay within his lane while on the road.
While Reese Witherspoon’s alleged violation is “disorderly conduct (obstruction)”, which falls under municipal ordinance.
Reese Witherspoon has changed her iconic Legally Blonde hair color for a dark new look.
Reese Witherspoon, who has just turned 37, unveiled her hair color while heading out to lunch with her husband Jim Toth and their 8-month-old son Tennessee in Nashville over the weekend.
Reese Witherspoon has changed her iconic Legally Blonde hair color for a dark new look
It’s unclear if Reese Witherspoon’s latest change is for a film part this time around, or simply just for fun.
The actress currently has three movies in pre-production including Wish List, The Good Lie and Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus.
Reese Witherspoon, who also has two children, Ava, 13, and Deacon, 10, with her ex-husband Ryan Phillippe, is back from a romantic break in Cabo San Lucas, where she celebrated her birthday with her agent husband.
Reese Witherspoon and her husband Jim Toth welcomed their first child together on Wednesday.
Reese Witherspoon’s representative confirmed the happy news to People magazine.
The couple has named their son Tennessee James.
“Reese Witherspoon and husband Jim Toth welcomed Tennessee James into their family today,” her rep told People magazine.
“Both mom and baby are healthy and the entire family is thrilled.”
Reese Witherspoon and her husband Jim Toth welcomed their first child together on Wednesday
Tennessee James is Reese Witherspoon’s third child – she also has two other children with ex-husband Ryan Phillippe, 37, including daughter Ava, 12, and son Deacon, 8.
The former couple and Cruel Intentions co-stars split in 2006 after seven years of marriage.
Reese Witherspoon, now 36, then went on to marry Jim Toth, who is an agent with CAA, in March 2011, during a romantic ceremony at her ranch in Ojai, California.
Last month, the Legally Blonde actress spent a couple of days in a Los Angeles medical facility after it was feared she was going into early labor.
After being discharged, doctors told her to take it easy at home and get plenty of rest.
Reese Witherspoon recently admitted she was planning a career break to raise her baby.
In June, she said: “I’m feeling very round tonight. After I finish [filming] <<The Devil’s Knot>>, I’m going to take a little time off – and go have a baby!”