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Sam Worthington

Pap Insists Sam's GF

Attacked First

2/24/2014 1:20 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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No photog on the planet is dumb enough to run up to Sam Worthington's GF -- while Sam is standing there -- and kick her in the shins for no reason ... at least that's the defense of the photog Sam allegedly punched yesterday.

Photog Sheng Li was in court this morning, insisting Sam's GF Lara Bingle attacked him first ... and that's why he retaliated ... before Worthington stepped in and punched him four times in the face.

As we reported, Li was arrested for assault and harassment yesterday in NYC. Worthington was arrested for assault too, but was released shortly after.

Bingle told police that Li kicked her out of nowhere -- prompting Worthington's attack -- but in court today, Li's lawyer called BS ... saying, "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?"

The lawyer added, Li "was on the job taking pictures and Ms. Bingle got upset and ran half way up the block and attacked him." Li has been released on his own recognizance.

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BLUE UGLY 💩    

The paparazzi is a liar and deserved his azz kicked

208 days ago
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dyls_E    

hardly anyone in australia likes lara bingle, but you don't kick her for any reason. I doubt she would have started it anyways tho. sounds like he got what he deserved from sam

208 days ago
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StevenB    

Anyone have any clue who any of these people are?

208 days ago
4.

static    

Absolutely NFI who they are.

208 days ago
5.

Kelly    

Team Pap.

208 days ago
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Retail Queen    

Sam was the star of Avatar Clash and Wrath of the Titans amongst other films. Theyre a great looking couple! I don't think the pap is innocent and he struck him multiple times something must have really set him off and was defending his woman.

208 days ago
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B4-I-FU-RU-18?    

Oh ****! It was him on film ? Dude's crazy.

208 days ago
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jdranetz    

It actually does make sense. For hours, he's trying to get a decent shot of the couple. Kicking her in the shins was a way to get them to stop, and to get a picture of the actor upset. Pictures of celebrities upset and fuming fetch more money than the friendly wave shots. You guys at TMZ should know that.

208 days ago
9.

HumanNature    

TEAM SAM!!!!!


WHEN IS THE NEXT AVATAR MOVIE COMING?????

208 days ago
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King Paul    

Yeah, I doubt some papp would just run up and kick a celebs girlfriend in the leg for no reason. More like she got po'd because he was taking pics and she freaked out and attacked him. These celebs usually think they're above the law and their spouses or gf/bf's usually think they deserve the same status. Im sure the judge will see through that bs lie.

208 days ago
11.

Nath    

Trouble follows Lara Bingle where ever she goes. She is a home wrecker and breaks up marraiges, she has dated at least 3-4 footballers in Australia and 3 were married. She was also once engaged to Australian cricket captain Michael Clark and that eneded when a nude photo of her emerged taken by an AFL footballer.

208 days ago
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Dan Frederiksen    

When will these stupid paps learn to shoot video instead of stupid stills

208 days ago
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Majestik    

I believe her. Look at the aggressiveness of the paps lately. They do, say and provoke as much as possible because angry shots bring in a better bankroll.
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Why didn't pap, Shengh Li have his camera set on a pic every second. He could've shot right up until he was punched, as he says, four times. Someone please explain to me, why doesn't TMZ have the pics from the hospital of this pap? If he was punched in the face, FOUR TIMES, there should have been visible damage and the cops and hospital should have photos.

208 days ago
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Silly TMZ    

Oh please, these paps are s***. Like he would tell the truth. They stalk people for a living and are way too aggressive. Good for Sam.

208 days ago
15.

Lil-za    

Hello ? Is any body there? I hear something... Do you? Oh brother! Bungle bonglr bungle boo! Lol! This sizzrup is good! Paps!

208 days ago
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