Paparazzo Todd Wallace was arrested by police last month after he reportedly attacked staff at Disney's California Adventure in Anaheim as they tried to keep him away from Witherspoon and stop him from taking pictures of her daughter Ava.
Wallace, 44, was charged with child endangerment, interfering with a person's liberty and multiple counts of child battery on Friday.
Police claim Wallace's over-zealous efforts to get pictures of Witherspoon and her party left some children in the group in tears, while one five-year-old was among those involved in the fracas.
The photographer, who spent four years in jail in the mid-1990s on burglary charges, is due in court on Wednesday.
The decision to charge Wallace is a major victory for Witherspoon, who, in August, failed in her attempt to bring charges against another photographer, who she claimed followed her home from a gym visit and trapped her outside the gated community, so he could take snapshots of her.
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