'Avatar' actor's assault case to be dismissed

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NEW YORK (AP) -- "Avatar" actor Sam Worthington is on track to get his New York assault case dismissed after being accused of punching a photographer, who also was arrested.

The Australian actor was due in court Thursday. But electronic court records show the misdemeanor case was resolved April 8 with an agreement that it will be dismissed if Worthington stays out of trouble for six months.

Worthington's lawyer, Stacey Richman, confirmed Tuesday the case was set for dismissal. Worthington says he was protecting his girlfriend after photographer Sheng Li tried to trip her Feb. 23; Li says Worthington attacked him.

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