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Authorities Back Gene Hackman in Altercation With Homeless Man TMZ

Police say screen legend Gene Hackman was defending himself when he allegedly smacked a homeless man Tuesday outside a restaurant in Santa Fe, N.M., TMZ.com reports.

The homeless man, identified as Bruce Becker, reportedly contacted police after the confrontation with the 82-year-old actor. But police are saying Becker approached Hackman and his wife in a threatening manner and Hackman acted in self-defense, according to the report.

TMZ reports: “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.”

No charges have been filed in the incident, according to the report.

Hackman is a two-time Oscar winner, taking home statuettes for "The French Connection" in 1972 and "Unforgiven" in 1993.