Reese Witherspoon drops python purse after animal cruelty video
PETA says in a statement, "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. 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 crock or fake snake."
The bag actually would be illegal if sold in California. Under California Penal Code section 653o, importing python (among a laundry list of other animals) into the state for commercial purposes, which includes possession with intent to sell, is illegal. It is not illegal, however, to buy python material elsewhere and bring it into California.
Reese has always struck us as a really upstanding celebrity, so are confident it was an honest mistake.