Reese Witherspoon apologised for the way she behaved and admitted she is “deeply embarrassed” by her arrest for disorderly conduct following an argument with a police officer in Atlanta.

The ‘This Means War’ actress was arrested for disorderly conduct last Friday after getting into a verbal argument with a police officer following her husband, Jim Toth’s arrest for driving under the influence (DUI).

As officers dealt with Jim, Reese allegedly started acting up, telling cops, “Do you know my name?” The officer answered by saying, “No, I don’t need to know your name.”

Witherspoon then came back with, “You’re about to find out who I am … You are going to be on national news.”

She released a statement on Sunday apologising, saying: “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.”