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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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46.

Lola    

At first he was like "Don't worry, I'm not leaving anyone, I'm taking pictures with you all" and everyone was nicely laughing when that stupid girl broke the line and tried to take a picture, he obviously snapped going like "didn't you hear me? stay in line? you're standing right next to me, you should have heard me quiet well" and she apologized because obviously she was wrong. Leaving all that aside, I think it's pretty rude that everyone is generalizing the fact that all Arabs are like that based on a behavior from an old grumpy man, grow up, it's 2011 for god's sake.

906 days ago
47.

Telstar    

Apparently, he smacked up a drunken Ian Dury; just because he called him "a c*nt".

906 days ago
48.

Kate    

It looks like he just caught her hair, but still. Yikes.

906 days ago
49.

get a life ho    

Great Actor or not ,.,.

He's one big nut job .,.,,

906 days ago
50.

Fidel's niece    

How sad...and how old he looks now.
In his younger days, he was one of the
MOST gorgeous men ever!
"Lawrence of Arabia", "Doctor Zhivago"
oh, and my God "Mayerling", based on a
true story, he played a Hapsburg prince
who has a love affair with a commoner,
(played by Catherine Deneuve) they are
not allowed to marry so they have a
murder/suicide pact, he shoots her
and then shoots himself...

906 days ago
51.

Toasty J    

Is that woman retarded?
She is just standing there with that stupid smile after he tried to slap it off of her.

Guess he doesn't like people much...

906 days ago
52.

JoeFrancis    

He keeps forgetting that in the 21st century women have rights.

906 days ago
53.

Charlie Sheen's Watch    

That **** was uncalled for. Someone needs to arrest this old man - or slap his ass and put in him in place. I would have knocked that mutha flucker right in the face - laid his ass out to rest!

906 days ago
54.

Cindy    

You can take the man out of Arabia.........

906 days ago
55.

corky    

The old fart needs his ass kicked.

906 days ago
56.

LI_Mom    

From what I see, he slapped at her hand to get her out of his space.

Not very gentlemanly but bad &/or abusive behavior is hardly limited to any one culture.

Mel Gibson
Michael Lohan
Chris Brown

Not three Arabs... Americans.

906 days ago
57.

Ozzie X    

Old people's home and a crap bag.

906 days ago
58.

Ozzie X    

He should be in a coffin. Why would anyone want a picture with this waste of life?

906 days ago
59.

dropped    

more kids need to be slapped like this. maybe then they would learn manners and not be in places they are not meant to be.

906 days ago
60.

Beth    

I heard a slap, not super hard but still a slap, and the chick was cool about it but I think I might have had to give the old man a slap back.

906 days ago
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