Reese Witherspoon (Associated Press)
Reese Witherspoon (Associated Press)

Oscar-winner Reese Witherspoon got a little help from the Santa Monica Police Department Wednesday after dining at R&D Kitchen on Montana Avenue.

Police said Witherspoon, who lives in nearby Brentwood Circle and often frequents the city by the sea, was hounded by paparazzi and needed a police escort to her car.

The manager of R&D called police and said paparazzi were surrounding the restaurant, posting up in the parking lot and on the sidewalks and alley. A Santa Monica Police officer advised the aggressive group of photographers as to where they could stand and walked Witherspoon, who won an Academy Award for playing June Carter Cash in “Walk The Line,” to her car “to keep the peace and ensure that the situation did not escalate,” said SMPD Sgt. Jay Moroso.

In 2011, Witherspoon was hit by a car and slightly injured while jogging near the corner of 20th Street and Georgina Avenue. The driver, an 84-year-old woman who lives in Santa Monica, was cited for failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk.

Santa Monica is no stranger to celebrities and the paparazzi that record their every move.

Two-time Academy Award-winner Ben Affleck and his wife Jennifer Garner are often photographed with their children as they leave a pre-school on Second Street.

The City Council in 2009 floated the idea of creating a paparazzi-free zone around schools, but that died because of concerns the regulation would conflict with First Amendment protections.

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