A wild weekend in Atlanta ended in an arrest for actor Sam Worthington, but the charges were dismissed the following Monday after a failure to appear by one of the key witnesses. Worthington, the Australian actor who starred in "Avatar," apparently tried to gain entry to the Vortex Bar and Grill but was denied allegedly due to his visible intoxication and lack of identification.
The bouncer at the Vortex claimed that Worthington told him he was a DEA agent when the bouncer denied him access to the club. According to witness testimony, the actor pushed the security guard twice and the guard sprayed the actor with pepper spray. Worthington was charged with disorderly conduct, but there is no evidence that he was charged with any other misdemeanors.
Worthington was scheduled to appear in court the next Monday. However, the bouncer never showed up in court. The security guard's failure to appear led to a dismissal of all charges against the actor. A surveillance video was apparently available but was not used during the proceedings.
While this incident was unfortunate, it illustrates a relatively common situation when someone is charged with a crime, especially one involving alcohol. Nightclubs and restaurants may wish to remove intoxicated patrons from their premises, and, at times, may pursue criminal charges. If that is the case, it may be helpful to speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney who can analyze all aspects of a case and determine how best to proceed.
Source: Huffpost Celebrity, "Sam Worthington Arrested: 'Avatar' Star Charged With Disorderly Conduct In Atlanta (UPDATED)," Nov. 5, 2012