'Avatar' Star Sam Worthington Arrested for Alleged Assault

Actor allegedly scuffled with a photographer in NYC.

February 24, 2014, 9:31 AM

Feb. 24, 2014 — -- "Avatar" star Sam Worthington was arrested Sunday in New York City after being involved in an altercation with a photographer, police said.

The Australian actor, 37, received a desk appearance ticket for alleged assault after his dispute with a paparazzo in Greenwich Village, according to ABC News station WABC-TV.

He is due back in court Wednesday for arraignment, the Associated Press reported.

Photographer Sheng Li, 37, was following Worthington's girlfriend, Lara Bingle, 26, and then allegedly kicked the woman in the shin, according to police.

Worthington responded by allegedly punching the photographer in the face, police said. No one was seriously injured.

The photographer was charged with reckless endangerment, assault and harassment. He has yet to be arraigned.

ABC News Live

ABC News Live

24/7 coverage of breaking news and live events