Sam Worthington charged with assault after incident with paparazzo

By Elizabeth Learned,

Sam Worthington, star of the movie Avatar, was arrested and charged with assault in New York after getting into a scuffle with a paparazzo. The photographer had reportedly kicked Worthington’s girlfriend, Australian model Lara Bingle.

According to the Daily Mail, the incident occurred at the Cubbyhole bar in West Village and was confirmed by Lieutenant John Grimpel. He reportedly made a statement, saying, “The photographer kicked Lara and then Worthington punched him causing the photographer to have lacerations to his nose.”

Both Worthington and the photographer were arrested. Worthington made bail and his court appearance is set for a later date.

According to E! News, photographer Sheng Li’s charges included reckless endangerment, assault, and harassment.

The Daily Mail reported the couple was in New York to enjoy Fashion Week and Bingle was said to have enjoyed New York more than her home of Sydney, Australia, especially since she is constantly surrounded by paparazzi.

E! News stated Worthington and Bingle have been rumored to be together since September and recently announced they were together.

On Valentine’s Day, Bingle posted a picture on Instagram with Worthington, in which she was wearing two matching rings. She captioned the photo with, “My heart. His heart.”

image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons



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