The 37-year-old Avatar star reportedly punched photographer Sheng Li in the face at the Cubbyhole bar in West Village after Li allegedly kicked his partner Lara Bingle.

During the scuffle, Worthington is said to have referred to Bingle as his “wife”, shouting “you kicked my wife” at Li.

Reports earlier this year suggested that the couple had secretly married in Western Australia ahead of a romantic trip to the Maldives.

“The photographer kicked Lara and then Worthington punched him, causing the photographer to have lacerations to his nose,” New York Police Department Lieutenant John Grimpel told The Daily Telegraph. “He has been charged with assault. He punched the photographer.”

Worthington, who was born in England but moved to Australia, where he was raised and began his acting career, was released on bail after being charged and will appear in court on February 26.

He was named “GQ Man of the Year” in Australia in 2009.

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