NEW YORK - Actress Reese Witherspoon answered questions for the first time Thursday, two weeks after her arrest on a disorderly conduct charge during a traffic stop.
The Oscar-winning actress was on ABC's "Good Morning America" to discuss her new movie, "Mud."
Witherspoon said she and her husband had been out to dinner and had too much wine. She thought her husband, James Toth, was OK to drive, but he was charged with driving under the influence.
Police said Witherspoon told the arresting officer, "Do you know my name?" "You're about to find out who I am," and "You're about to be on national news."
Witherspoon called her actions "unacceptable" and "poor judgment."
"We are so sorry and embarrassed, and we know better," Witherspoon said. "We shouldn't have done that."
Witherspoon said she and her husband made a mistake that won't happen again.
"I have no idea what I was saying that night. I saw him arresting my husband, and I literally panicked," she said. "I said all kinds of crazy things. I told him I was pregnant. I'm not pregnant."
Witherspoon said she struggled most with how to explain her actions to her children and how to apologize to the officer.
"I was so disrespectful to him, and I have police officers in my family," she said. "I know better."
"When a police officer tells you to stay in the car, you stay in the car. I learned that for sure," she said.