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Sam Worthington

HIT WITH RESTRAINING ORDER

Stay Away from Paparazzo!

2/26/2014 7:46 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Sam Worthington has just been smacked with a restraining order -- with a judge BARRING the "Avatar" actor from having any contact with the pap he allegedly attacked in NYC this weekend.

Worthington just appeared in an NYC courtroom to face charges stemming from the February 23 incident with photo Sheng Li ... when Sam allegedly punched the guy following an altercation with his GF Lara Bingle.

During the hearing, Sam was charged with two 2 counts of 3rd degree assault, 1 count of attempted assault, 1 count of harassment -- and faces a maximum of one year in jail if convicted.

But the most shocking part of the hearing -- the restraining order ... which specifically orders Sam to not contact Li in person, on the phone or through social media.

Worthington is due back in court on May 8th.

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33 COMMENTS

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1.

Kelly    

Team Pap!

156 days ago
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EMB    

How does one stay away from them when they swarm YOU?

156 days ago
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think101    

One thing we know if the paparazzo is involved their is a video somewhere. Maybe the Judge saw a publicity stunt in the making or a come to my rescue like Kanye moment.

156 days ago
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SunnyAutumn    

I hope they told that pap to also stay away from him, or else how is this gonna work? That same pap swarms him, Sam gets charged again.

156 days ago
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Jamey Hunter    

I think this is one of the costs of fame. Paps are s***, that is common knowledge, but when you become a celebrity, they are not something avoidable. Too many of these celebrities want all the perks of mass love from the public to a seemingly never ending tap of cash, but they don't want to deal with the downside of the paps, of curbing their spending, paying taxes, etc. and feel they are immune to anything negative. Sorry, I don't feel any sympathy.

156 days ago
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CyndiChainsaW    

Avatar. Horrible horrible film. Didn't finish it. It physically have me a headache.

156 days ago
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Connie    

Why is it that Sam Worthington Is arrested on charges of assault and harassment and Kanye West and others seem to get away with doing the same thing?????

156 days ago
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Luz    

There's no need to behave like a territorial animal, punching people that are only doing their job. If you want to work in the entertainment industry and be famous, it comes as package. If you can't handle it, then get a low profile job somewhere else making an hourly salary.

156 days ago
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6one9    

Who IS Sam???
Sam I Am!!!!
Ham Sam`mich?
yup
Let's go eat!!!!

156 days ago
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Shannon    

That pap KICKED Sam's girlfriend! That's the only reason he punched him, which I think the pap deserved. It seems strange that Sam would get the restraining order against him. Why should Sam have to live a boring life to keep the paps uninterested in him, when all he did was defend his girlfriend after she was assaulted?

156 days ago
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LK    

So why is the girl friend not being charged ? She is the one that is going around lunging @ ppl & grabbing ppl's camera's .

156 days ago
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Ferndog68    

And this is why I wouldn't want to be famous. Camera in my face every day is not my definition of a good happy life

156 days ago
13.

Dead@27    

I liked Cal Worthington better.
Especially his dog, Spot.

156 days ago
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c    

Haha, this could set a dangerous precedent: every celebrity who wants the paps to have to stay the hell away could just beat the **** out of them.

156 days ago
15.

Miss k    

Avatar was lame lol 👎

156 days ago
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