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Sam Worthington arraigned for allegedly punching photographer

Actor Sam Worthington is seen in this undated file photo.

February 23, 2014 12:00:00 AM PST
Actor Sam Worthington appeared before a New York City judge Wednesday for allegedly punching a photographer.

Worthington, 37, has been charged with misdemeanor assault, among other counts. The photographer was also charged in the Sunday scuffle.

Worthington was released Wednesday on his own recognizance after being ordered to stay away from the photographer, Sheng Li, for six months.

Worthington is accused of punching Li in the face in Greenwich Village Sunday. He said he was defending his girlfriend.

Li was arrested for reckless endangerment, assault and harassment.

Worthington has starred in the films "Avatar" and "Clash of the Titans," among others.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.