Reese Witherspoon Gives Up Her Illegal $3,280 Python Bag

Celebrity Style Nov. 3, 2011 AT 6:00PM
Reese Witherspoon Gives Up Her Illegal $3,280 Python Bag Credit: X17online.com

Who wants to take Reese Witherspoon shopping for a new purse?

At the insistence of PETA, the 35-year-old Oscar winner has hung up her Chloe purse for good. The python handbag, called the Paraty, retails for $3,820 on Net-a-Porter.

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After Witherspoon was seen toting the bag around L.A., PETA sent her a video (ironically narrated by her Walk the Line costar Joaquin Phoenix) that highlighted the cruel methods used in the exotic-skins industry.

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"We've long known Reese to be a kind person, so we're pleased -- and not surprised -- that she is hanging up her python bag for good," PETA told Gossip Cop in a statement. "We hope Reese's honest mistake will serve as a reminder for all of us to be extra-certain that what we’re buying is mock croc or fake snake."

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PETA later sent Witherspoon flowers after she vowed never to carry the purse again.

Where and how the Water for Elephants star got the Chloe bag remains a mystery: California banned the sale of snakeskin in 1970.

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