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'Avatar' actor Sam Worthington arrested in NYC

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 12:46 p.m. HST, Feb 24, 2014

NEW YORK >> Police say actor Sam Worthington has been arrested in New York City on charges of punching a photographer after the man kicked Worthington's girlfriend in the shin.

The 37-year-old "Avatar" actor was arrested on an assault charge after the confrontation Sunday evening in Greenwich Village.

The Australian actor was released on a desk appearance ticket, with a court date Wednesday. His publicist didn't immediately respond to an inquiry Monday. It's unclear whether he has a lawyer.

The photographer, 37-year-old Sheng Li, was released without bail after his arraignment Monday on misdemeanor assault and harassment charges.

A court complaint says Worthington's girlfriend told police Li followed her on the streets and tried to trip her.

Defense lawyer Ronald Kuby says Li was attacked by the couple, not the other way around.

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krusha wrote:
That's why you hire bodyguards to beat up these photographers instead.
on February 24,2014 | 10:36AM
localguy wrote:
Clearly the USA needs an anti Paparazzi law requiring them to stay at least 9 feet away when actors are not inside a vehicle. These clueless, dysfunctional, baboozes see nothing wrong with harassing innocent people just for the chance of getting a picture they can sell big time.
on February 24,2014 | 11:52AM
Larry01 wrote:
Why would celebrities get special treatment? Hey, I want people to stay at least nine feet away from me, too! :)
on February 24,2014 | 12:52PM
Mei mei wrote:
on February 24,2014 | 02:02PM
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