A homeless man was slapped in the face by actor Gene Hackman on Tuesday after he swore at Hackman’s wife outside of a New Mexico restaurant.
According to law enforcement officials Hackman was outside of the restaurant when homeless man Bruce Becker approached him “in a threatening manner” and proceeded to call Hackman’s wife a “c*nt.”
Gene Hackman wasted no time in slapping the man directly across the face and police were left to determine if the pimp slap was an act of self-defense or an outright attack against an innocent homeless man.
No charges have been filed at this time.
Police interviews both Gene Hackman and his wife.
Hackman is no youngster at 82-years-0ld, a fact that makes the defense of his wife all that more impressive if they were in fact being threatened.
During his long and illustrious career Hackman has won two Academy Awards (Jimmy “Popeye” Doyle in “The French Connection” in 1971, and the Best Supporting Actor award for “Unforgiven” in 1992). Hackman has also been nominated for three Oscars over his 50+ year career.
Calls to Gene Hackmans reps have not yet been returned, perhaps because he’s busy slapping them around.
In January Gene Hackman was hit by a car while riding his bike, despite his age he was able to walk away from the accident.