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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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121.

Steven    

Wow ... she took it and still smiled in the photo WTF i would have punched him right in the jaw ...

902 days ago
122.

GAPeach    

What an *******. She should sue him for battery. He is a washed up old drunk anyway! Why is it that "so called movie stars" think they have a license to do whatever to whomever they want!

902 days ago
123.

William     

Lucky he is Arab! If he was in an Italian naborhood, they would have killed him on the spot!

902 days ago
124.

Evy    

Oh.. I wish he would!! HA!

902 days ago
125.

Kaffee    

He is an Arab and the woman didn't ask his permission. Surprised?

902 days ago
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Tina    

I am a little shocked at how lightly you all are taking this.. I don't care if he slapped her hand or her face, it is assult..Those of you calling him a grumpy old man, get real. I even saw a comment of what was that women doing out of the kitchen (which I hope was an attempt to be funny). If I were that woman I would not have waited politely for a pic, I would have called the police and had that grumpu old bastard thrown in jail.....

902 days ago
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lonnie    

We have to understand; that was not in America, they have differnt custem than we do. Agree with it or not (I do not) but it is what it is. That is perfectly normal in their society. American if you dont like it just make sure you stay here then and enjoy the freedoms that our men and women in the service have afforded you.

902 days ago
128.

w    

what a jag*off

902 days ago
129.

w    

We said Lonnie!

902 days ago
130.

w    

Well* said I mean

902 days ago
131.

Bud    

One minute you slap da bitch and the next minute you schtup her.

902 days ago
132.

vivian    

what a supid !!old man, some one should have told the old fart off ,you don't hit people!!! what a piece of old crap

902 days ago
133.

muqdad    

BAD MAN I CANT SAY STAR OR ACTOR ,,, SORRY FOR LADY AYSHA AL DOORY ,,,,

902 days ago
134.

Faust    

Looks to me like he flips her hair...that's about the only thing he contacted. Old man need to work on his aim and bust her in the eye next time some woman interrupts and she isn't trying to hand him a sammich.

902 days ago
135.

Jeepers    

That makes me really angry. I can't believe she still wanted to take a picture with that worthless excuse for a man. In America, he'd be taken out of there in cuffs...probably after getting the hell beaten out of him by a real man.

902 days ago
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