Hollywood actor Sam Worthington was recently arrested on charges of battery after he allegedly punched photographer Sheng Li in the streets of New York City. According to eyewitness accounts, Worthington punched Li in the face after Li kicked his girlfriend. The incident occurred around 5:30 P.M. Sunday at NYC’s Greenwich Village.
Footage of NYC street brawl shows Worthington confronting a photographer for kicking his “wife” (it’s actually his girlfriend, although he refers to her as his wife in the video). Worthington approaches the photographer, Sheng Li, and proceeds to punch him in the face, knocking him down.
The official police report filed by Sam Worthington and his girlfriend Lara Bingle claims the photographer kept getting in their way and was following them for several hours. It also says that Li deliberately tried to trip them on several occasions, at which point Bingle attempted to take the Li’s camera.
Following the incident, New York City police arrested Sam Worthington on charges of assault. Sheng Li was also charged with assault, reckless endangerment and harassment.
Li’s attorney, Ronald Kuby, denies any wrongdoing on his client’s behalf. Kuby claims that Li was does nothing wrong when he was attacked by Bingle and Worthington. Kuby is standing by his client and plans to fight the charges of assault, reckless endangerment and harassment.
According to TMZ, Li failed to present press credentials and remains in custody.
Ronald Kuby, the photographer’s attorney, said the following:
“Ms. Bingle was the one that attacked him. She claims that Mr. Li was following her for four hours and then runs up and kicks her in the shins. In what world does that make any sense?“
Worthington is most known for his role in the 2009 blockbuster sci-fi movie Avatar, which he played a paraplegic U.S. marine named Jake Sully. Avatar went on to become the highest grossing film of all time, earning a total of $2.73 billion worldwide. Due to the success of Avatar, there are now three sequels currently in the works, the first of which is expected to his theaters in 2016. Some of Worthington’s other movie and television roles include Clash of The Titans, Wrath of The Titans, Macbeth, Rogue, Terminator Salvation, Man on a Ledge and Drift,. In 2009, he was named Man of The Year by GQ Australia.
What do you think about Sam Worthington’s recent altercation with the photo-snapping paparazzi?