Avatar star Sam Worthington is reported to have had a brush with the law on Sunday in New York City.

According to a TMZ report, the 37-year-old Australian actor was leaving a Greenwich Village bar with his 26-year-old girlfriend, Lara Bingle, when a photographer allegedly kicked Bingle. Worthington then allegedly punched the photographer, who was identified as Li Shang, in the face — and both men ended up in jail. It's unclear what led to the altercation in the first place.

NYPD Detective Kellyann Ort confirmed to CNN that there was an incident between Worthington and Shang, but they did not release the name of Worthington's companion. TMZ claims the actor has been charged with assault, and he has now been released on bail. Shang, meanwhile, remains in custody and faces changes of harassment, reckless endangerment, and assault. While CNN reports that none of those involved in the altercation were hospitalized, the manager of a restaurant near the site of the incident told E!Online that the actor and his girlfriend did sustain injuries.

This isn't the first time the couple has been in the news this year, although for a very different reason. Just a month ago, rumors began swirling that Worthington and Bingle were secretly married after both were spotted wearing rings on those all important fingers.

Sources: TMZ, CNNE! Online

Credit: AOL Photo: Sam Worthington Arrested