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Sam Worthington

Busted for Busting Photog's Face

2/24/2014 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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"Avatar" star Sam Worthington punched a photographer who kicked Sam's girlfriend ... according to NYPD ... and both men were arrested.

Cops say Worthington and his gf Lara Bingle were walking out of a bar in Greenwich Village when the paparazzo went all Bruce Lee on Bingle for some reason ... and that's when Worthington jumped to her defense and punched the guy in the face.

Sam was charged with assault, released ... and given a ticket to appear in court at a later date.

The pap, Sheng Li, was arrested and booked for reckless endangerment, assault and harassment. He is still in custody.

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scott    

Paparazzi are out of control. Punch more of them

178 days ago
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BLUE UGLY 💩    

It was probably an a-hole TMZ photographer

178 days ago
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Unbroken Chain    

It should be legal to punch those losers

178 days ago
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Maddog    

They'll throw out his case. It's stupid to charge him before an investigation into the incident. This is what's wrong with cops today nothing to do but charge people all for quotas and pay checks.

178 days ago
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Michael    

To those legal minds out there, can someone answer the following questions:

Why was he arrested at all?
What was this not "Defense of Another:
The right of a person to protect a third party with reasonable force against another person who is threatening to inflict force upon the third party?"

Was the force he used unreasonable, or is there another reason he was arrested (this defense doesn't apply)?

178 days ago
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Mokie    

Hey...I live far from Calabassas, but if anyone see's Justine Bieber can you punch him in the face for me. TIA

178 days ago
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Kelly    

Sam deserves a sucker punch for Avatar.

178 days ago
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VictoriaGirl    

Nice lying headline. Shouldnt it say " Sam Worthington arrested for defending girlfriend"?

178 days ago
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Sid    

Not sure who the bigger wimp is. Sammy or the photag. In other news I hear Harv dropped a nutty log.

178 days ago
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MrsBrooks    

So, the pap knew Ms Bingle or knew of her then???And before you red arrow- maybe you should google her past history of a married footballer, tipping off the paps in Aus and the UK and all of the various other drama and mayhem that seems to follow her around...She's a poor man Kartashian sister...

178 days ago
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ASH    

PAPS ARE S***!

178 days ago
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Laura j    

If you knew his girlfriend Lara bingle, you would want to kick her too.

178 days ago
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ASH    

The title should've been...
Worthington's next Big Hit.

178 days ago
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ASH    

I was reading a book by Al Gore and he said that one day soon, the ocean and the atmosphere would integrate.

Sounds kinda impossible. But anything to help people.

178 days ago
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anonymous    

The Paparazzi are out of control and need to be put in their place.

178 days ago
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