Sam Worthington Arrested For Assault Paparazzo Who Kicked Lara Bingle
By Anne Lu | February 25, 2014 12:40 PM EST
Sam Worthington and a paparazzo in New York City have been arrested and charged with assault. The Australian star allegedly punched photographer Sheng Li after he reportedly deliberately kicked Worthington’s girlfriend, Lara Bingle, in the shin.
The New York Police Department said that the “Avatar” star and the model were outside Benny’s Burritos in Greenwich Village on Sunday when they were aggressively pursued by Li, who blocked Bingle’s path and deliberately kicked her in the shin. Worthington then retaliated by punching the photographer in the face.
As a result, both Worthington and Li were arrested and charged at a nearby Manhattan police station.
“The photographer had lacerations to his nose and bruising to his forehead,” NYPD lieutenant John Grimpel was quoted by Yahoo News as saying.
When asked if Li’s kicking of Bingle was just an accident, Lt Grimpel replied, “I wouldn’t think so. No.”
According to E! News, both Worthington and Bingle were left bloodied after the altercation.
Worthington was charged with one count of assault in the third degree. He was released from custody on bail but is scheduled to appear in a Manhattan court on Wednesday.
Li, meanwhile, was charged with assault, reckless endangerment, and harassment. He also could spend a night in jail. He is set to face a judge before he is freed.
This isn’t Worthington’s first arrest. He was charged with disorderly conduct in November 2012 after he was accused of shoving a bouncer at a bar in Atlanta. The charges were later dismissed after the bouncer failed to show up in court.
Worthington and Bingle confirmed that they have been dating in October 2013. In January, it was speculated that the two got married after they were spotted wearing matching rings in London.
To contact the editor, e-mail:
Most Popular Slideshows
- Prince William & Kate Middleton Caught Flirting In A Countryside Dinner Date [PHOTOS]
- Kate Middleton’s Mom Accused Of Being A Social Climber, Prince George Not Seen By Relatives
- Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt’s Top Secret Wedding Tramps Jennifer Aniston’s ‘Friends’ Reunion & Pregnancy Talks [PHOTOS]
- 2014 US Open: Hottest Male Tennis Players To Watch [PHOTOS]
Join the Conversation
- Jennifer Lawrence’s Nude Photos and Videos Leaked by 4Chan Hacker; Ariana Grande, Lea Michele, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kate Upton’s Also Included
- Celebrities’ Leaked Nude Photos: Master-List Printed, Selena Gomez, Kim Kardashian, Kate Upton, Jennifer Lawrence, Kaley Cuoco, Rihanna, More Names On It
- Nude Photos Leaked: Mary Elizabeth Winstead Says Nude Photos Hers, Faces Backlash, Takes Twitter Break
- ‘Bachelor In Paradise’ Spoilers: Find Out Whether AshLee Frazier And Graham Bunn Last Till The End; Meet The New Arrivals Of Episode 6
- ‘The Leftovers’: Episode 10 On Hold, Renewed For Season 2, Season 1 Finale Synopsis And Preview [VIDEO]
- Pricey iPhone 6 on Release Date Likely but with 3X Retina Resolution & Mobile Payment Service – Reports
- 5.5-Inch iPhone 6 is iPhone Air on Sept 19 Release Date: 5 Things to Consider Before Buying
- Google Nexus 8 Confirmed as HTC T1 aka Volantis/Flounder with Freshly-Leaked Specs & Features – Reports
- PlayStation 4 Killing Xbox One Costing Microsoft Millions But It's Fine
- Europe, US Next on ISIS’ Hit List, Says Saudi King; Seized ISIS Laptop Reveals Terrifying Bio-Warfare Plans
- iPhone 6 On Release Date To Feature Qualcomm MDM9625M LTE, 1GB RAM, Mobile Payment Deal With AMEX, 1334x750 Display
- Nexus 6 Release Date Update: Moto X+1 Look Leaked, Nexus X or Shamu Moved to Demo Phase