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Avatar Star Sam Worthington Arrested After 'Punching' Paparazzi

The Australian actor has now been bailed

Sam Worthington was arrested in New York over the weekend after allegedly punching a photographer who is said to have kicked the Avatar actor's girlfriend Lara Bingle.

The 37-year-old is said to have been at Cubbyhole bar in NYC with his model girlfriend when he allegedly got into a scuffle with the paparazzo who reportedly kicked Bingle, 26, in the shin. Worthington is then alleged to have punched the photographer ending up in a fight which left both of them bloody, E! News reports.


Sam has been bailed after his arrest in NYC this weekend (Try CW/WENN)

According to the publication, Worthington was taken into police custody and charged with assault while the photographer, identified as Sheng Li, was charged with reckless endangerment, assault and harassment.

Lieutenant John Grimpel told The Daily Telegraph: “It happened at 5.30pm 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.”

Sky News reports Worthington has been bailed and is expected to appear in court on February 26. During the scuffle, the Mail Online claims Worthington referred to Bingle as his “wife,” reportedly shouting at the photographer: “You kicked my wife.”


Sam was said to have been defending girlfriend Lara Bingle (Splash News)

However, a friend of the model's denied the couple have secretly gotten hitched, saying: “He would have been speaking figuratively. They are definitely not married, as far as I know.”

The couple sparked rumours that they had tied the knot this month when they were spotted out and about in NYC wearing rings on their wedding fingers. Lara wasn’t shy with her ring finger or affections for Sam in a photo posted on her Instagram with the caption: “My Heart. His Heart.”

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