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Reese Witherspoon battered and bruised after car accident

The extent of actress Reese Witherspoon's injuries following a car accident last week (07Sep11) have been revealed in newly published photos.

The Oscar winner was snapped out and about with pal Chelsea Handler on Monday (12Sep11) with her sunglasses propped up on top of her head, leaving her face exposed.

Clearly battered and bruised, the smiling actress showed off a black eye and deep gash on her forehead, covered by a Band Aid.

The Legally Blonde star was hospitalised after she was hit by a car driven by an elderly driver as she was out jogging in Santa Monica.

The Oscar winner has declined to press charges against the 84-year-old driver who accidentally hit her, but the woman has been cited for failing to yield to a pedestrian on a crosswalk.