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Gene Hackman

Smacks Homeless Guy

Who Dropped C-Word

10/30/2012 6:20 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Gene Hackman
pimp-slapped a homeless man who physically threatened the actor and his wife outside a New Mexico restaurant ... TMZ has learned.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... the incident went down Tuesday as Hackman and his wife were leaving a Santa Fe restaurant. We're told a homeless guy named Bruce Becker approached them in a threatening manner.

We're told the incident escalated big time when Becker called Hackman's wife a "c**t" -- and then Hackman dished out some street justice ... slapping Becker across the face.

Becker then called the cops to report the incident.

We're told cops interviewed Hackman and his wife, determined the slap was in self-defense ... and, for now, no charges have been filed.

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31.

Plastic_Police    

Hackman's still hot!!!!

619 days ago
32.

Matt    

I should just flood his Twitter page or whatever. Shameful rich idiot, say goodbye to my viewership you punk rich arrogant twit!

619 days ago
33.

Matt    

Suppose it does not matter to anyone that the man is probably starving in the street. Did he need to hit the man? Why not buy him a dinner and forgive him? Sad society we live in.

619 days ago
34.

Carl    

Pretty badass for an 82 year old!

619 days ago
35.

Throwback kid    

I wonder if this ever happened to Jerry sandusky while out with his wife? Instead of slapping the homeless man Sandusky would have tossed the filthy salad of the bum!Just some good old fashioned horseplay for the Sandusker.. good times

619 days ago
36.

crazy k    

Enough is Enough with these "Above the Law" celebrities! He physically struck a person and should be punished.

619 days ago
37.

Dr.Phil of Crap    

Yea, the bum dropped the "C" word alright. as in "Buddy, ya got some spare cash?"

619 days ago
38.

TMP    

Is this the new way homeless people are going to try to get a pay day from celebrities? Antagonize them into fighting, then call the cops.... wait for the lawsuit to come.

619 days ago
39.

Javadude54    

Being Homeless is terrible but is no excuse for being an a-hole. Good for you, Mr. Hackman.

619 days ago
40.

sayhi2yourmom4me    

I freaking hate how a lot, and I mean, A LOT of people will use fightin' words...
.. and then try to call the cops when the fight actually happens. If you don't want to get your butt kicked, don't call names!

619 days ago
41.

Dave    

I have worked in Hollywood for 25 years. Gene Hackman is a gentleman and one of the most professional actors in the business. He was assaulted, and the perp should be thankful he didn't make a fist first.

619 days ago
42.

DingDong    

And from this day forward, he shall be known as Gene Smackman!

619 days ago
43.

Stacy Allison    

Way to go, Gene! Standing up for your lady, not many real men left in this world.

619 days ago
44.

martinsheenfan    

Don't mess with Popeye Doyle's woman.

619 days ago
45.

Diamond Goddess!    

I'm divided on this:
Kudos to Gene for defending his wife,
BUT
punching a homeless guy seems pretty low to me.
Kinda like punching a baby.
Why not just ignore it? The guy's probably crazy.

619 days ago
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