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'Avatar' actor Sam Worthington arrested in NYC

NEW YORK (AP) - 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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eagle6922 February 25 2014 at 11:24 AM

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oujoou February 25 2014 at 4:40 AM

Everyone has feelings. You THINK you are minding your own business . . .doing your job. Someone else thinks you are harassing them. No one wants to be photographed when they don't feel at their best . . . but if you are in that line of work . . . actor . . . and getting gigs in big movies . . . one would hope that you also have the intelligence to be tolerant of annoying photographers. I didn't see Avatar. I only heard of it last year. Wow. Punching a Chinese guy. How tough can you BE? :(

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mail4warding February 25 2014 at 4:59 AM

racist

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blkcontessa February 25 2014 at 4:06 AM

why didn't they arrest the scab with the camera too..so unfair

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Leslie Roen February 25 2014 at 5:41 AM

go back and re read the article, it says the guy with the camera was arrested

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curtzee February 25 2014 at 3:39 AM

Sam is a man's man.

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yaegerjj February 25 2014 at 3:04 AM

When has it become ok, for photographers to use physical harm to celebrities?

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mail4warding February 25 2014 at 5:01 AM

or anybody to anyone...

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loveinaq February 25 2014 at 2:21 AM

So, if this had been Kanye...all the *******/racist would have came out of their hiding place calling Kanye a thug and some aggressive bully but some white guy hits the paparazzi and he's a hero doing what a "real" man would do? Because we can send 18 year old out to get shot in war but if they are 17 year old racist douche, punching them in the face is a BIG controversy and Kanye is in the wrong and not simply defending his girlfriend? Lame and this article is lame..I hope the paparazzi hits the "real" man with a big ass lawsuit and gets all the money he can out that ******* for punching him.

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drooster47 February 25 2014 at 2:41 AM

You're the racist, here.

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blkcontessa February 25 2014 at 4:07 AM

No he's not..just stating the truth you can't handle it...seems like your the bigot not him!

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DJ February 25 2014 at 1:52 AM

The paparazzi really are the lowest. Stalkers with a permit to do so.

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Hi Malcolm February 25 2014 at 12:07 AM

Li kicked his girl friend and the police officer arrested him for defending his girlfriend?
There was a time when the police officer would have patted him on the back!

This is a reason every thinking American should be on a jury every now and then to throw stupid cases like this out!

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Sam February 24 2014 at 11:56 PM

Good for you Sam.

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Sandra February 24 2014 at 11:51 PM

He did what a man does, trying to protect his lady. Sohe punched the scumb bag, for the scum bag kicking his lady in the shin. And he gets in trouble for it. I know many feel he deserves it, yeah well maybe so . I would done the same damn thing, had I beeen him. I give him props!!

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boyle1034 February 25 2014 at 1:45 AM

Forget about being him and doing the same thing. A battle-ax like you would simply have done the same thing.

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