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'Avatar' Star Sam Worthington Arrested In NYC After Paparazzi Scuffle

FILE - In this Jan. 19, 2012 file photo, Actor Sam Worthington attends the Cinema Society premiere of "Man on a Ledge" in New York. Police say Worthington has been arrested Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, in New York City for punching a photographer after the man kicked Worthington's girlfriend in the shin. The Australian actor was released on a desk appearance ticket and is due back in court on Feb. 26. (AP Photo/Peter Kramer, File)

FILE - In this Jan. 19, 2012 file photo, Actor Sam Worthington attends the Cinema Society premiere of "Man on a Ledge" in New York. Police say Worthington has been arrested Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, in New York City for punching a photographer after the man kicked Worthington's girlfriend in the shin. The Australian actor was released on a desk appearance ticket and is due back in court on Feb. 26. (AP Photo/Peter Kramer, File)

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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Worthington, who played Jake Sully in the James Cameron science-fiction film, recently signed up for three sequels to the film alongside actress Zoe Saldaña.

Based on reporting by the Associated Press.

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