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Photographer involved in scuffle with Sam Worthington has case dismissed

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May 08, 2014 | 12:11pm EDT

A photographer who was involved in a street scuffle with actor Sam Worthington has had his assault and harassment lawsuit dismissed. Sheng Li was arrested in February (14) alongside the Avatar star after they became embroiled in an altercation outside a New York bar, following an argument between the snapper and Worthington's girlfriend Lara Bingle. Both men were slapped with counts of assault, but on Thursday (08May14) Li's charges were dismissed in Manhattan Criminal Court. Assistant District Attorney Francesca Bartolomey confirms, "When Ms. Bingle's boyfriend arrived at the scene, he admittedly punched this defendant in the face. After careful evaluation of the facts and in consideration of the injuries sustained by both the victim and the defendant, the People move to dismiss the case against the defendant in the interest of justice." Last month (Apr14), Worthington reached a deal with prosecutors to have his third-degree assault, third-degree attempted assault and second-degree harassment charges dismissed, as long as he stays out of trouble. Li's lawyer Mark Heller has filed a criminal complaint calling for a federal probe into how the case was handled.

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