Los Angeles: Hollywood beauty Catherine Zeta-Jones accused a photographer of punching her in the chin as she walked into her London hotel with husband Michael Douglas.

The incident took place after a knighting ceremony at the Buckhingham Palace where the Zeta Jones was honoured as Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

The actress and husband Michael Douglas, 66, became embroiled in the scuffle as they headed back to their hotel after dinner at the Buckingham Palace. Trouble began when the stars exited their car at the hotel and had to struggle their way through a horde of snappers waiting at the entrance.

In video footage of the brawl, Zeta-Jones can be heard shouting, "How dare you punch me!" at an overzealous paparazzo as they enter the hotel lobby.

"I want a police officer right now. He punched me! The guy coming in here, he punched me!" the actress is heard as saying in the footage.

Douglas rushed to his wife's defence by grabbing the photographer and pushing him as hotel security rushed to separate the two men.