The Courier-Mail

Sam set­tles pa­parazzo le­gal ac­tion

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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.

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