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Reese Witherspoon Heads to Court as Mom Accuses Dad of Illegal Marriage

We’re used to seeing Oscar winner Reese Witherspoon on red carpets, not in courtrooms. But family is family — and today family called.

According to People, the visibly pregnant actress and her brother both appeared in court Friday in Nashville, TN, as their parents battled in an emergency closed-door hearing.

Reese's mom, Betty, has accused Reese's dad, John, of illegally marrying a woman named Tricianne Taylor, while still married to Betty. The details that have emerged paint a sad, poignant story. According to ABC News, in the lawsuit, Betty says she is still in love with her husband of 42 years, and does not want a divorce from him. She described John as troubled and believes he is suffering from early-onset dementia.

Dementia is certainly no joke, so if that’s the source of this weird double marriage we can only hope the family works everything out and gets Reese’s dad the help he needs.

Sources: People, ABC News

05.12.2012 / 08:05 AM EDT by Gina Carbone
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