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Gene Hackman slaps homeless man for insulting his wife

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What's worse than harassing 82-year-old uber-actor Gene Hackman and his wife at a restaurant in New Mexico? Getting b-slapped by 82-year-old uber-actor Gene Hackman and his wife at a restaurant in New Mexico.

Some dimwit homeless guy named Bruce Becker, 63, was apparently harassing the couple outside a Santa Fe eatery and called Gene's wife Betsy Arakawa the dreaded C-word. Hackman, of the old breed, did what any real man would do and socked Becker across the chops. So then Becker called the cops, who didn't seem very concerned that an 82-year-old man stood up for his wife.

"Mr. Hackman did slap the homeless male across the face," police Sgt. Andrea Dobyns told the Albuquerque ABC affiliate. "This homeless male actually assaulted him and his wife, put him in fear for his life and his wife's life."

That's no joke, either, because Becker has a long history of being arrested for arson, hitting a cop, being in fights and even child abuse. We'd like to think Hackman would manage more than just a slap if things had gotten any worse.

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[Last modified: Wednesday, October 31, 2012 2:50pm]

    

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