Reese Witherspoon’s First Post-Arrest Red Carpet: Saint Laurent and Lots of Leg

Spencer Cain

Well, well, well. It looks like a pesky little arrest didn’t stop Reese Witherspoon from mugging for the cameras at the premiere of her upcoming film “Mud” in New York City last night. In case you missed it, the 37-year-old actress—known for her squeaky-clean and wholesome image—was arrested early Friday morning for disorderly conduct in conjunction with her Hollywood super-agent husband Jim Toth‘s DUI arrest.

According to the police report, Witherspoon was intoxicated and out of hand—at first not believing the arresting officer was real, and then spewing hackneyed celebrity sound bites like “Do you know my name?” and “You’re about to find out who I am … You’re going to be on national news.”

Clearly, Reese didn’t let the legal snafu get in the way of her promotional appearance, and looked killer last night in a classic LBD from Yves Saint Laurent and matching black heels.

Although the actress didn’t stop to chat with reporters, she faced the situation by releasing a statement last night that reads:

“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. The words I used that night definitely do not reflect who I am. I have nothing but respect for the police and I am very sorry for my behavior.”

We’re curious to see what this mishap does for Reese’s career, which has primarily been built on a platform of sunny rom-coms and chick flicks. Since it’s her first real infraction, however, there’s a good chance it won’t alter her identity as America’s sweetheart too much. One more though, and she could be on the fast track to Lohan-ville.
Click through the slideshow above to see Witherspoon on last night’s red carpet—as well as her mug shot!