Sam Worthington has rushed to defend Lara Bingle, reportedly.
Sam Worthington has rushed to defend Lara Bingle, reportedly. Bang Showbiz

Sam Worthington punches photographer to save Lara Bingle

AVATAR actor Sam Worthington has been arrested for punching a photographer who reportedly kicked his partner Lara Bingle in the leg.

The 'Avatar' actor is said to have rushed to his girlfriend Lara Bingle's defence when she was allegedly kicked in the shin by a paparazzo as the couple were leaving Cubbyhole bar in Greenwich Village, New York City.

Sam was charged with assault and released on bail for reportedly punching the camera-wielding snapper in the face, and has been set a court date for February 26, the NYPD told

The photographer, named Sheng Li, was arrested and booked for reckless endangerment, assault and harassment.

During the scuffle, the Australian hunk is said to have referred to model Lara as his "wife", shouting at the photographer, "you kicked my wife".

However, a source told the MailOnline: "He would have been speaking figuratively. They are definitely not married, as far as I know."

The couple were rumoured to have tied the knot during a secret ceremony in Western Australia earlier this year and have been spotted wearing matching rings.

Sam, 37, previously got into an altercation with a photographer in 2012, when he was arrested and pepper sprayed following an argument outside a restaurant in Atlanta.