'Avatar' actor Sam Worthington arrested in NYC

'Avatar' actor Sam Worthington arrested in NYC

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NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 26: Crystal Humphries and actor Sam Worthington attend the "Wrath of the Titans" premiere at the AMC Lincoln Square Theater on March 26, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)

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by The Associated Press

The Associated Press

Posted on February 24, 2014 at 9:14 AM

NEW YORK -- Police say actor Sam Worthington has been arrested in New York City for 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 following the incident at about 5:30 p.m. Sunday in Greenwich Village.

The Australian actor was released on a desk appearance ticket and is due back in court on Feb. 26. Police did not say what caused the scuffle.

The photographer, 37-year-old Sheng Li, was arrested on charges of reckless endangerment, assault and harassment. He's being held pending arraignment.

It wasn't immediately clear if both had lawyers.

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