Sam Worthington arrested: Avatar star questioned over assaulting paparazzo

The photographer had kicked Worthington’s girlfriend, Lara Bingle, 26, in the shin, it has been claimed

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Avatar star Sam Worthington was arrested for allegedly assaulting a paparazzo over the weekend.

The New York Police Department confirmed that they took the Australian actor in for questioning on the suspicion that he punched a photographer outside a Benny’s Burritos restaurant in Greenwich Village.

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The photographer, called Sheng Li, kicked Worthington’s girlfriend, Lara Bingle, 26, in the shin, it has been claimed.

Worthington, 37, was reportedly heard shouting "you kicked my wife" to Li, sparking rumours that he and Bingle have married in secret.

The pair were apparently left with injuries after the incident, the manager of the restaurant told E! News.

Following the incident, the actor was arrested and charged with assault. Meanwhile,  Li was charged with reckless endangerment, assault and harassment.

Police Lieutenant John Grimpel confirmed the news in a statement today.

"The photographer kicked Lara and then Worthington punched him causing the photographer to have lacerations to his nose," he said.

"He has been charged with assault. He punched the photographer."

Several members of the public also took to Twitter to claim they had witnessed the incident:

Worthington was released on bail, but is due to appear in court on a later date.

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