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

'Avatar' actor Sam Worthington arrested in NYC

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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.

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