Sam Worthington Charged with Assault

Posted Wednesday February 26, 2014 12:38 AM GMT

The struggles of paparazzi following your every move seems to come with the territory when you're a celebrity, but Sam Worthington and his girlfriend Lara Bingle have become the latest Tinseltown stars to get into a scuffle with a pesky shutterbug.

On Sunday (February 23), the "Avatar" star and his lady love were near the Cubbyhole bar in the West Village of New York City when a paparazzo by the name of Sheng Li allegedly kicked Bingle in the shin.

Not pleased with the events, Sam went after the photog and allegedly punched him in the face. NYPD Lieutenant John Grimpel confirmed Worthington's arrest to the Daily Telegraph in Australia, explaining, "It happened at 5.30pm (NYC time) this evening. The photographer kicked Lara and then Worthington punched him causing the photographer to have lacerations to his nose. He has been charged with assault. He punched the photographer."

At this time, Sheng Li is defending his actions by claiming that Lara attacked him first. Sam was released and is due back in court on February 26.

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