02/24/2014 at 11:00 AM EST
Police say actor Sam Worthington has been arrested in New York City for punching a photographer after the man kicked Worthington's girlfriend, Lara Bingle, in the shin.
The couple was walking out of a bar in Greenwich Village at about 5:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon when paparazzo Sheng Li accosted them, pushing and kicking Bingle. Worthington intervened and punched the photographer, according to a source. Cops were called, and the Avatar actor, 37, was arrested on an assault charge.
The photographer, 37-year-old Li, was arrested on charges of reckless endangerment, assault and harassment. He's being held pending arraignment.
The Australian actor was released on a desk appearance ticket and is due back in court on Feb. 26. A rep for the actor had no comment. It wasn't immediately clear if both had lawyers.