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Katie Holmes' bodyguard protects paparazzi from Lygon St. beating

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The Herald Sun - Australia
8/17/09

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Katie Holmes' bodyguard found himself on strange duty in Lygon Street on Friday - saving the paparazzi from a beating for photographing the actress in a shop.

Bodyguards would not normally offer protection for the paparazzi but photographers chasing Katie Holmes oddly found themselves being rescued from a fight by the Hollywood actress's bodyguard in Carlton last Friday.

A witness to the stoush said Holmes ducked into San Churro chocolate shop on Lygon St while on a break filming horror flick "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark."

Six paparazzi then tried to photograph her through the shop's front window.

"Then this table of tough guys got up and began yelling at the photographers to leave the lady alone," the witness, who did not wished to be named, said.

He said an argument then started between the two groups.

"These guys began pushing and threatening the photographers and it started to get pretty scary," he said.

"All of a sudden her bodyguard, who looked like a big version of Tom Sellick, came out of the shop and broke up the fight.

"He definitely saved the paparazzi from being bashed."

The next day, Holmes took a break from filming to spend some quality family time with husband Tom Cruise and daughter Suri at the Royal Botanic Gardens.

Passers-by saw the pair cuddling as Suri slept in Holmes' arms by the lake near Government House.

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