What was supposed to be a glorious night in the UK for Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jonesdegenerated into bedlam, when a photographer slammed into the actress outside their London hotel.
The Wall Street star, 66, his wife, 41, were in London, where Catherine received a prestigious CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) honor from Buckingham Palace. The celeb couple followed that up with a meal at Gordon Ramsay's restaurant in Claridge's hotel.
The sparks flew afterwards, as the couple was wading through a sea of paps to return to their room, when a photographer allegedly made contact with Zeta-Jones' face, causing her to scream out in pain.
A valiant Douglas -- still showing the physical effects in his recovery from stage IV throat cancer -- sprang into action to protect his wife.
Douglas last month told Matt Lauer the tumor in his throat is gone thanks to an eight-week regimen of radiation and chemotherapy.
"The odds are with the tumor gone, and what I know about this particular type of cancer, I've got it beat," he said.