The actress was enjoying a day out at Disney's California Adventure theme park in Anaheim on Friday when she was confronted by an "aggressive and frightening" photographer.
As park employees attempted to move Witherspoon to a safer area, the snapper allegedly assaulted two park employees, prompting security to call the police.
The photographer, Todd Wallace, was cited for two misdemeanor counts of assault and battery and will appear in court next month.
Witherspoon recently lost a court battle with a group of paparazzi she claimed "besieged" her in April.
The actress alleged false imprisonment claiming photographers blocked her car, so she couldn't drive off after working out at a Los Angeles gym.
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