Australian actor Sam Worthington has quietly settled charges of assault and harassment following a bust-up with a paparazzo in New York earlier this year (14).

The Avatar star was arrested in February (14) alongside snapper Sheng Li after they became embroiled in an altercation outside a Big Apple bar, following an argument between Li and Worthington's girlfriend Lara Bingle.

Both men were slapped with counts of assault, but the actor has since reached a deal with prosecutors to have his case for third-degree assault, third-degree attempted assault and second-degree harassment dismissed, as long as he stays out of trouble.

Worthington's attorney, Stacey Richman, appeared in Manhattan Criminal Court on his behalf on 8 April (14) and agreed to an adjournment in contemplation of dismissal, a typical result for first-time offenders in low-level cases, according to the New York Daily News.

Worthington, who was filming in Europe at the time of the court date, claimed he had acted in defence of model Bingle.

Photographer Li was offered the same settlement deal during a hearing on 1 April (14), but rejected the offer and vowed to fight the claims.