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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