Mark Heller, the lawyer representing photographer Sheng Li
said his client, who appeared in court on charges of assault,
reckless endangerment and harassment for the February 23
incident, was attacked by Worthington, 37, and his girlfriend
Heller also distributed a video of the scuffle to the press.
"There's video showing Lara Bingle aggressively pursuing and
coming towards my client. There's no video of him attacking her;
she was the aggressor," Heller told reporters outside Manhattan
"She has to be charged. There has to be a warrant issued for her
arrest," he added.
Li's case was adjourned until next month.
There was no immediate comment from Worthington's
representatives. The actor was charged with assaulting Li and is
also due to appear in court next month.
Heller said Li was doing his job and that Worthington and Bingle
were trying to grab his camera and deprive him of his
"I think we made it clear today that paparazzi are not
second-class citizens and they are certainly not celebrity
punching bags," he added.
Worthington, born in England but raised in Australia, starred as
Jake Sully the 2009 blockbuster "Avatar" and is due to reprise
the role in upcoming sequels. He also appeared in "Wrath of the
Titans" in 2012.
(Reporting by Soren Larson; writing by Patricia Reaney;
by Eric Kelsey and Gunna Dickson)
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