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Sam Worthington, 'Avatar' actor, arrested after alleged paparazzi scuffle

Actor Sam Worthington is seen in this undated file photo.

February 23, 2014 12:00:00 AM PST
"Avatar" actor Sam Worthington is facing assault charges after he allegedly punched a photographer in New York City.

According to sister station WABC in New York, police said the scuffle happened because the photographer was blocking the sidewalk after Worthington and his girlfriend left a Greenwich Village bar Sunday evening. The photographer then kicked the woman as the couple tried to pass.

Worthington then allegedly punched the man in the face.

The Australian actor was released on bail. He is due back in court on Feb. 26.

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

WABC and the Associated Press contributed to this report.