NEW YORK, April 1 The photographer charged along
with "Avatar" star Sam Worthington after a street altercation in
Manhattan, on Tuesday blamed the Australian actor's model
girlfriend for starting the fight and wants her arrested, his
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 Feb. 23 incident,
was attacked by Worthington, 37, and his girlfriend Lara Bingle.
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; Editing
by Eric Kelsey and Gunna Dickson)