'Avatar' actor Sam Worthington arrested in NYC - New York News

'Avatar' actor Sam Worthington arrested in NYC

Posted: Updated:
Fashion model Lara Bingle, left, and actor Sam Worthington, right, attend the MBFW 2014 Fall/Winter Alexander Wang fashion show, on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014 in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP) Fashion model Lara Bingle, left, and actor Sam Worthington, right, attend the MBFW 2014 Fall/Winter Alexander Wang fashion show, on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014 in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

Actor Sam Worthington was arrested in Manhattan after police say he punched a photographer in the face.

It happened about 5 p.m. Sunday at Jane St. and Greenwich St. in the West Village.

The NYPD says that Worthington's girlfriend, identified as fashion model Lara Bingle, was blocked by a paparazzi photographer and allegedly kicked her in the shin.

Worthington, 37, then allegedly punched the photographer in the face.

The "Avatar" actor faces an assault charge. He was released on a desk appearance ticket and is due back in court on Feb. 26.

The photographer, Sheng Li, 37, of Manhattan, was arrested on charges of reckless endangerment, assault and harassment. He was being held pending arraignment.

It wasn't immediately clear if either had lawyers.

  • Manhattan NewsManhattan NewsMore>>

  • Smoking rates on the rise in New York City

    Smoking rates on the rise in New York City

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 7:03 AM EDT2014-09-16 11:03:52 GMT
    For the first time in years, more than 1 million New Yorkers are smoking, marking a disturbing rise of tobacco use in the city that pioneered a number of anti-smoking initiatives that were emulated nationally.  Sixteen percent of adult New Yorkers smoked in 2013, up from 14 percent in 2010, which was the city's lowest recorded rate, according to the findings released by New York City's Department of Health.
    For the first time in years, more than 1 million New Yorkers are smoking, marking a disturbing rise of tobacco use in the city that pioneered a number of anti-smoking initiatives that were emulated nationally.  Sixteen percent of adult New Yorkers smoked in 2013, up from 14 percent in 2010, which was the city's lowest recorded rate, according to the findings released by New York City's Department of Health.
  • Report: health risks at some nail salons

    Report: health risks at some nail salons

    Monday, September 15 2014 10:28 PM EDT2014-09-16 02:28:27 GMT
    One of the most surprising findings in a report from the New York City public advocate is that city officials have virtually no authority over how nail salons are run. The city can't enforce standards like they do with restaurants, so it's clearly a case of beauty buyer beware. We get our nails done without thinking too much about it.
    One of the most surprising findings in a report from the New York City public advocate is that city officials have virtually no authority over how nail salons are run. The city can't enforce standards like they do with restaurants, so it's clearly a case of beauty buyer beware. We get our nails done without thinking too much about it.
  • Etan Patz murder confession played in court

    Etan Patz murder confession played in court

    Monday, September 15 2014 6:43 PM EDT2014-09-15 22:43:37 GMT
    A judge allowed a confession tape to be played in court in connection with the case of Etan Patz, who vanished in 1979. On the tape, Pedro Hernandez described how he killed Patz. But his lawyers say Hernandez falsely confessed and doesn't understand his rights. Before Hernandez's videotaped confession was played, Patz's mother quickly left the courtroom unable to watch the video.
    A judge allowed a confession tape to be played in court in connection with the case of Etan Patz, who vanished in 1979. On the tape, Pedro Hernandez described how he killed Patz. But his lawyers say Hernandez falsely confessed and doesn't understand his rights. Before Hernandez's videotaped confession was played, Patz's mother quickly left the courtroom unable to watch the video.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices