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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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76.

Sinjin405    

Gene Hackman is in his mid-80s, which of course makes him even more impressive. He is a great actor and retired several years ago. He also paints and writes historical books.

536 days ago
77.

Northerner    

nice job gene but you should have beat the **** out of the guy!

536 days ago
78.

RT    

Such a story is not best served with a mis-leading, sesationalized headline. From what I have seen here and on another site, he did not slap him BECAUSE the man dropped the "c-word" but because he was acting increasingly scary and "threatening". Big diff and should result in different consequences if indeed Gene slapped him just because of an insulting word slung at his wife.

Sounds like this is one lawsuit-wannabe that miscalculated. "Easy money" ain't always there for the provoking.

536 days ago
79.

BECKER    

I live in New Mexico and Hackman is a Big Pain in the A$$

536 days ago
80.

Tracie    

Court records show Becker has an arrest record in Santa Fe that includes a guilty plea to charges of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and abandonment or abuse of a child in 2008. In 2009, he pleaded guilty to battery on a peace officer and in 1980, he pleaded guilty to arson.

536 days ago
81.

Lynda Jones-owings    

Job well done!!

536 days ago
82.

peterfrady    

Good for you Gene Hackman, it's about time to let people know there is Always a price to pay when they act foul in any way...

536 days ago
83.

The New Improved Sock Puppet    

Awww poor homeless guy. Cut me a break. Were you ever harassed by some insane homeless person? You'd fear for your life. I'll bet he was hovering and threatening like they tend to do. They should be rounded up and given their own island like Alcatraz.

536 days ago
84.

Robert    

Way to go Geno! Dude had it coming. Never have understood why Todd Palin doesn't do the same to Bill Maher for calling his wife the C word. You don't have to like her, but nobody has the right to call another man's wife, girlfriend, daughter, etc. that word and if they do, they should what comes next. Gene Hackman had the nuts to do it.

536 days ago
85.

Crabby    

He did what we ALL should be doing in a case like that. B-slap the aggressor. A few years ago ( large Calif.city) my son ( 7 years old@ that time) and I had stopped @ a Walgreen's to run in for some quick items.Some young dark haired male in his 20's wearing a serape looking thing started begging me for $$$$$$ ( I usually have a dollar to spare) BUT that day this particular guy who was clean cut....healthy and articulate really pushed the wrong button on me by begging with no shame in front of my kid. I just told him "NO I do not have anything for you because I work two jobs to take care of MY family.Why don't YOU get a job and stop shameing yourself like this.IF I can work so can YOU... GET A F'ing JOB" That nasty SOB came running up on me like a bull charging me.OMG I ran into the store dragging my poor son. I was 31 year old female 5'9'' and weighed maybe 115 lbs@ the time.The manager called the police but by that time the pig was long gone.MY point? There are many criminals....abusers.....drunks...posing as "homeless" trying to scam you. Best to donate to a food bank or a shelter if you want to assist them.

535 days ago
86.

StaceySimon    

good for Gene! just because someone is homeless does not give them the right to be nasty~

535 days ago
87.

juesus    

gene is trend starting ...bitch slapping homeless people

531 days ago
88.

Georgette Kostopoulos    

I LOVE GENE HACKMAN ON THE SCREEN AND OFF!! HE IS AWESOME!!!

167 days ago
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