'Avatar' actor Sam Worthington accused of punching photographer in NYC
Sam Worthington poses for photographers upon arrival for the Cinema Society premiere of 'Man on a Ledge' in New York. (AP / Peter Kramer)
The Associated Press
Published Monday, February 24, 2014 12:34AM EST
Last Updated Monday, February 24, 2014 4:39PM EST
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 misdemeanour assault and harassment charges.
A court complaint says Worthington's girlfriend told police Li followed her on the streets and tried to trip her.
Defence lawyer Ronald Kuby says Li was attacked by the couple, not the other way around.