Actor Sam Worthington facing charges after paparazzi scuffle

February 24, 2014 3:58:41 AM PST
Actor Sam Worthington is facing assault charges after a scuffle with the paparazzi in Greenwich Village.

Police say the altercation occurred when the photographer was blocking the sidewalk after Worthington and his girlfriend left a bar at about 5:30 p.m. Sunday. Police say the photographer kicked the woman as the couple tried to pass. That is when Worthington allegedly punched him in the face.

The 37-year-old actor, best known for his role in the movie "Avatar," was released on a desk appearance ticket and is due back in court on February 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.