Reese’s shock at Ryan’s ar­rest

He’s fac­ing some se­ri­ous al­le­ga­tions and she’s not happy

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It was meant to be her big mo­ment, but Reese Wither­spoon’s re­cent Emmy cel­e­bra­tions (her show Big Lit­tle Lies took home five awards) was cut short af­ter news that her ex-hus­band and fa­ther of her two el­dest chil­dren, Ryan Phillippe, had been ac­cused of as­sault.

Ryan’s ex-girl­friend, 21-yearold model Elsie He­witt, claims the ac­tor at­tacked her af­ter she went to pick up her be­long­ings fol­low­ing their split in July. In the $1mil­lion law­suit, Elsie claims Ryan, 43, threw her down the stairs, which she says left her with “chest pain, se­vere bruis­ing and abra­sions”. Elsie al­leges that Ryan was drunk at the time, and was fre­quently abus­ing le­gal and il­le­gal drugs, and al­co­hol. Ryan ve­he­mently de­nies the claims, in­sist­ing she’s a gold-dig­ger, but Elsie’s lawyer, Keith Fink, says his client isn’t out for the money. “She’s not go­ing to take a dime,” he’s said. “[If she wins] the money is go­ing to a do­mes­tic vi­o­lence char­ity.”

And, ac­cord­ing to our source, Reese, 41, is find­ing the sit­u­a­tion se­ri­ously stress­ful. “She can’t be­lieve she just won an Emmy for Big Lit­tle Lies – a drama that tack­les do­mes­tic vi­o­lence – only to wake up to these al­le­ga­tions,” an in­sider tells heat. “Of course, she’s hor­ri­fied – although she’s not mak­ing any judg­ments.

“How­ever, she has told Ryan that ev­ery­thing he does re­flects on Ava, and Dea­con. She’s ex­tremely pro­tec­tive of the kids and is fu­ri­ous that they’re hav­ing to deal with the fall­out from this. They’re old enough to know what’s go­ing on and they have a close re­la­tion­ship with their dad. If he was found guilty of this sort of be­hav­iour, it would have a huge im­pact on them.”

Now, Reese – who split from Ryan in 2006 and has a five-year-old son, Ten­nessee, with sec­ond hus­band Jim Toth – is lay­ing down some rules for Ryan. “They’ve al­ways been am­i­ca­ble, but Reese has told him he’s got to up his game, even though he’s told her it’s all rub­bish,” our source con­tin­ues. “Her main pri­or­ity will al­ways be her chil­dren – their hap­pi­ness and well­be­ing comes first.”

What hap­pens next is any­one’s guess, but one thing’s for sure, Ryan’s ex-fi­ancée Paulina Slagter, who dated him for five years, isn’t likely to be a shoul­der for him to cry on. Af­ter the news broke, the law grad­u­ate tweeted, “When there’s smoke…” ■

Reese with Ava, Ten­nessee and Dea­con

Ryan could be in se­ri­ous trou­ble

Elsie He­witt

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