Sam Worthington has been charged with assault following an alleged attack on a photographer who reportedly kicked his girlfriend.
The 37-year-old Avatar star was arrested in New York on Sunday (Feb 23) after he allegedly punched a photographer in the face.
The star reportedly struck out after the paparazzo kicked his girlfriend in the shins at a Greenwich Village bar.
According to police sources who spoke to CNN, NBC 4 New York and others, the Australian actor was enjoying a drink with his girlfriend at a bar on the corner of Jane Street and Greenwich Avenue at around 5:30pm, when paparazzo Sheng Liallegedly kicked Worthington's companion in the shins.
The actor then punched Li in the face, resulting in a laceration to the nose.
Police report that Worthington's girlfriend had a bruise on her leg. Authorities would not release her name.
Worthington was charged with assault and received an appearance ticket, while Li was arrested and charged with assault, reckless endangerment and harassment.