Lara Bingle may look polished and essentially untouchable, but it turns out she’s not afraid of a little fisticuffs either. At least, that’s what a paparazzo has told a Manhattan court.
A photographer named Sheng Li has told a Manhattan court that 26-year-old Lara Bingle and 37-year-old Sam Worthington ‘brutally attacked’ him in a scuffle on February 23.
Li’s lawyer told the judge that Li has been unable to work since the attack, after suffering wrist and back injuries. Bingle was not charged at the time, but Li’s lawyer is now pushing for the model to be prosecuted – and wants a warrant to be issued for her arrest.
In a bizarre twist, it is actually Li who is facing court currently on assault and harassment charges – but his lawyer is using the time in court to turn the tables. Heller is now asking Judge Brunat DiBiase to drop the charges against Li, and instead prosecute Bingle and Worthington.
Hellar told Radar Online, “An application will be made for the immediate issuance of an arrest warrant for Lara Bingle for her assault on Sheng Li and for the issuance of an order of protection in favour of Sheng Li against Lara Bingle.”
“She was the aggressor,” Heller continued. “There has to be a warrant issued for her arrest, she has to be charged with a felony assault and attempted robbery.”
Back in February, Sam Worthington was arrested in New York after defending his girlfriend Bingle (who he called HIS WIFE, just FYI). A scuffle broke up between the celebrity couple and the photographer, after Li kicked Bingle.
Worthington then responded by punching Li in the face, and was subsequently brought up on assault charges.
New York Police Department Lieutenant John Grimpel confirmed the incident at the time by saying: “This is correct. It happened at 5.30pm this evening. The photographer kicked Lara and then Worthington punched him causing the photographer to have lacerations to his nose.”
Look, we don’t want to point fingers or anything… But given that the paparazzo was stalking Bingle and Worthington down the street, invading their privacy by taking photos of the couple as they went for an afternoon stroll, and actually kicked Bingle – it seems a bit rich that he’s now claiming he was ‘brutally attacked’.
To quote every kid in the school yard, ever: he started it.
Check out the raw footage here and let us know what you think. Did Lara get this thing started, or was she hounded by Li?
Here’s a few snapshots of Lara Bingle and Sam Worthington’s time together:
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