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Omar Sharif

Slaps Woman

at Qatar Film Festival [VIDEO]

10/27/2011 9:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF


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Hollywood legend Omar Sharif lost his cool at a film festival in Qatar this morning ... and angrily slapped a woman right on the red carpet.

Sharif was at the Doha Tribeca Film Festival for a screening of one of his movies ... when a woman approached him on the red carpet ... and tried to take a picture with the 79-year-old actor.

Sharif -- who was nominated for an Oscar in 1962 for his role in "Lawrence of Arabia" -- lashed out in Arabic ... telling the woman to wait her turn ... and then slapping her. 

Moments later, the woman smiled and posed for a photo with Sharif like nothing ever happened.

Watching from the video, it's unclear if Sharif made contact with the woman's face -- but one reporter who was at the scene tweeted, "Omar Sharif just hit a woman. Very stupidly, in front of a camera."

Sharif has a long history of getting physical with people -- back in 2003, he attacked a cop in a Paris casino and in 2007, he pleaded no contest to misdemeanor battery for beating up a Beverly Hills parking attendant.

Calls to Sharif's camp have not been returned.

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16.

lalaland    

I'd like to see the parking attendant that got beat up by a 75 year-old man.

1038 days ago
17.

Truth    

"Watching from the video, it's unclear if Sharif made contact with the woman's face" LOOK AT THE HEADLINE. Typical TMZ.
He obviously didn't hit her in the face. Silly people, he hit her hair. She is smiling at it all.

1038 days ago
18.

Anthony03    

Can anyone translate? This is insane. I get instant anger after watching this a-hole do this. Not cool. It looks like he scolded her, she said sorry, then he's like well, let me make it up to you, smile with me... What a tool.

1038 days ago
19.

tessa    

what an ass he is

1038 days ago
20.

Glenda in Texas    

What the hell?

1038 days ago
21.

Matt     

That is Christian Bale in 40 years.

1038 days ago
22.

Fred Farkel    

And not one "man" stood up and smacked him back???


OK.


Whatever.

1038 days ago
23.

Swords Woman    

I met him in Damascus in '72 at a hotel we were staying in. He actually brought me to have tea with him at the hotel to watch a parade that was going through the streets. He was absolutely lovely and was very sweet to me. Of course, I was only 9 years old then...

1038 days ago
24.

longagain    

He's still alive? Just like Fish (Abe Vigoda) you think they're lost past. Omar's always been a loser. He did an interview once about his gambling problems. His famous line was about how his people "arabs" are all lazy, it is just their culture. He then went onto say that losing everything in the casino makes him feel clean. Whack job!

1038 days ago
25.

Jo Anne    

Cross his movies off my list of any that I'll be paying to see. Whether he hit her or not, his anger will resonate with me and overshadow anything I'd see on screen now...

1038 days ago
26.

Chuck    

Omar Sharif...keeping his pimp hand strong...

1038 days ago
27.

grilled    

Nothing to do with age but rather culture. Arabs threat women like trash, have the biggest ego and take praise in their countries when we all know the truth about the middle east. They're really a joke

1038 days ago
28.

jenna    

I WOULD HAVE KICK HIM IN THE BALLS :)

1038 days ago
29.

aquanet    

That was sad to watch.

I'll take a drunken Peter O'Toole anyday of th eweek.

1038 days ago
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Tammy    

This is normal in his culture and I'm sure the woman knew the consequences for her inappropriate action beforehand and chose still chose to do the action. I am not saying I approve of hitting women, but if you grow up in a place where there is a known consequence for a particular action, saying getting a ticket for speeding, and you chose to do the action, then you're accepting the possible consequence.

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