Christine Spines
May 14, 2009 AT 12:00 PM EDT

The AP is reporting that the Los Angeles City Attorney’s office charged British-born actor, Gerard Butler, best known for his leading roles in 300 and P.S. I Love You, with misdemeanor battery in relation to a run-in with a photographer last October outside the premiere of his movie, RocnRolla. Butler’s lawyer, Blair Berk, says the charge does not require Butler to appear in court and, therefore, he’s not expected to show up. If convicted, Butler faces up to six months in jail. 

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