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Reese Witherspoon's parents in emergency hearing

Friday, May 11, 2012
FILE - In this April 13, 2012 file photo, actress Reese Witherspoon arrives at the world premiere of the music video for Paul McCartneys song, My Valentine. Witherspoons mother has filed a petition of annulment to wipe out her husbands recent second marriage. Mary Elizabeth Witherspoon says in court documents filed May 8 in Nashville that her husband John Drake Witherspoon has taken a second wife who may be taking advantage of his mental condition. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, file)

FILE - In this April 13, 2012 file photo, actress Reese Witherspoon arrives at the world premiere of the music video for Paul McCartney's song, "My Valentine." Witherspoon's mother has filed a petition of annulment to wipe out her husband's recent second marriage. Mary Elizabeth Witherspoon says in court documents filed May 8 in Nashville that her husband John Drake Witherspoon has taken a second wife who may be taking advantage of his mental condition. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, file) (AP Photo)

Reese Witherspoon's family has gathered in a Nashville, Tenn., courtroom for an emergency conservatorship hearing.

Witherspoon's mother, Betty, petitioned a judge earlier this week to have her estranged husband John's recent - and possibly illegal - marriage annulled.

A video on The Tennessean website shows the visibly pregnant Witherspoon holding her father's arm as they walked into a courtroom Friday afternoon.

A judge sealed all records in the case and barred media from the hearing, The Tennessean reports. A court clerk said Friday there was no record of the hearing as the courthouse closed.

John and Betty Witherspoon are still married, but have been separated for more than 15 years. She says her husband married Tricianne Taylor on Jan. 12 and may be in a weakened mental state.

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