• Thu, May 10 2012

This Story About Reese Witherspoon’s Bigamist Dad Is The Most Exciting Thing To Happen To Her Since She Got Hit By A Car

Reese Witherspoon mother father bigamy lawsuit restraining order

For the most part, Reese Witherspoon manages to stay out of tabloid gossip. I can think of only a handful of scandalous stories concerning the Oscar winner: Ryan Phillippe cheating on her with Abbie Cornish, and… Reese getting hit by a car last September. Yep, other than that she’s pretty low-key; some might even say boring.

Until today’s story, which sounds like something out of a soap opera. Reese’s mother Betty Witherspoon is suing her husband/Reese’s father John Witherspoon for bigamy, claiming that he married a woman named Tricianne Taylor in April while still married to Betty. However, Betty does have sympathy for her husband; she tells Radar Online that he’s suffering early on-set dementia and told her that he didn’t remember marrying Tricianne. So really, the legal action is against Tricianne, as outlined in the restraining order that Betty took out against her:

You are further enjoined and restrained from obtaining credit or attempting to obtain credit posing as the wife of Dr. John Draper Witherspoon. You are further enjoined and restrained from taking, sequestering, or converting any personal property owned by Dr. John Draper Witherspoon, or acquired by him at any time.

(Side note: With Reese’s parents having the names Betty and John Draper, I’m getting such a Mad Men vibe. I don’t mean to trivialize dementia by any means, but honestly this sounds like a fascinating plotline for some episode in the far future.) Because of Betty’s claims, John and Tricianne have their own court date scheduled on May 31 to determine if the marriage should be annulled. There’s been no statement from Reese yet, but she seems to have a good relationship with both parents (as the above photo from happier times shows), so it must be really difficult for her to watch this unfold.

Photo: ABC News

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