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'Avatar' Star Charged in Assault on Paparazzo, Police Say

<p>"Avatar" star Sam Worthington was charged with assault Sunday in Greenwich Village after allegedly punching a photographer in the face after the paparazzo allegedly kicked Worthington's girlfriend in the leg, police say.</p>
Image:  Lara Bingle and Sam Worthington
Actor Sam Worthington has been arrested in New York City for allegedly assaulting a paparazzo after the photographer allegedly kicked Worthington's girlfriend, Lara Bingle. Mireya Acierto / Getty Images, file

"Avatar" star Sam Worthington was charged with assault Sunday in Greenwich Village after allegedly punching a photographer in the face, police say.

Worthington was with his girlfriend at Jane Street and Greenwich Avenue about 5:30 p.m. when the photographer allegedly kicked the woman in the leg, according to the NYPD. That’s when the action movie star is accused of hitting the paparazzo.

Actor Sam Worthington with his girlfriend, Lara Bingle.Mireya Acierto / Getty Images, file

Worthington’s girlfriend had a bruise on her leg, police say. The photographer, Sheng Li, had a laceration to his nose.

Worthington was charged with assault and received an appearance ticket. Li was arrested and charged with assault, reckless endangerment and harassment.

It’s not clear if Worthington or Li has an attorney.

— NBC New York