Sam settles paparazzo legal action
AUSSIE actor Sam Worthington has avoided a court clash with a New York paparazzo after reaching a settlement over allegations of assault.
The Avatar star became caught up in a tussle with Sheng Li during a bust-up in the Big Apple in February 2014, when Worthington and his now-wife Lara Bingle took issue with the photographer taking shots of the couple.
Both men were arrested after the incident, and Li subsequently slapped the actor with a $US10 million ($A14.27 million) lawsuit, claiming he suffered a torn shoulder, facial contusions and injuries to his thumb and wrist in the altercation, which had been caught on video by a cameraman.
The case was due to go to trial at Manhattan Federal Court on Tuesday, but the two parties had reached a deal. The terms of the settlement have not been disclosed.