John Witherspoon, the father of actress Reese Witherspoon, is being sued for bigamy by Resse’s mother Betty.
The lawsuit was filed in Davidson County, Tennessee earlier this month according to The Tennessean newspaper in Nashville.
On April 22, a paid wedding announcement in The Tennessean reported
the marriage of John Witherspoon, 70, to 60 year old Tricianne Taylor. She’s the former CEO of Action Designs, a salon in Murfreesboro, TN.
According to reports, they were actually married on January 14 of this year.
Betty says in her suit that John is still married to her. She’s asking the court to annul John Witherspoon’s marriage to Taylor along with accusing him of bigamy.
Betty Witherspoon says she still loves her husband, and that his troubled past may have contributed to his behavior. She says in her suit that John has fought problems with alcohol and overspending. She cites his ownership of five motorcycles, five boats, and a recently purchased Cadillac.
“When I confronted my husband, he said he didn’t know who Tricianne Taylor was and that he did not remember getting married,” according to Betty Witherspoon in her affidavit. Witherspoon also said that she attempted to confront Taylor and also sent a letter informing her of John’s existing marriage to Betty.
“She clearly knows now that she is married to a man that is not divorced,” she continues in her court filing.
Betty Witherspoon says she’s concerned for her husband’s safety. She says that Taylor is already living in Reese Witherspoon’s Nashville condo and has convinced John to alter his will.
In addition to asking for an annulment, Betty Witherspoon is also asking for and property acquired by Taylor during the invalid marriage be returned.
Last Friday at an emergency hearing, Reese Witherspoon and her brother asked a judge to place their father into a conservatorship, citing early onset dementia. Betty Witherspoon obtained a restraining order barring Taylor from using the Witherspoon surname as well.
Source: USA Today and The Tennessean newspapers