Police: Hackman knew homeless man he slapped in NM
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This Jan. 19, 2003 file photo shows actor Gene Hackman at the 60th Annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. A New Mexico police report says Gene Hackman had given clothes, money and rides to a homeless man he slapped this week after the man became aggressive toward the Oscar-winning actor and his wife. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports Hackman and his wife told officers they had helped 63-year-old Bruce Becker for several years. The Santa Fe police report says Hackman rebuffed Becker when he approached them Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, and told him to get a job. Police say Hackman acted in self-defense and no charges have been filed. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, file)
This Jan. 19, 2003 file photo shows actor Gene Hackman at the 60th Annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. A New Mexico police report says Gene Hackman had given clothes, money and rides to a homeless man he slapped this week after the man became aggressive toward the Oscar-winning actor and his wife. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports Hackman and his wife told officers they had helped 63-year-old Bruce Becker for several years. The Santa Fe police report says Hackman rebuffed Becker when he approached them Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, and told him to get a job. Police say Hackman acted in self-defense and no charges have been filed. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, file)
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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Actor Gene Hackman had given clothes, money and rides to a homeless man whom he slapped this week after the man became aggressive toward the Oscar-winning actor and his wife, according to a police report detailing the incident in Santa Fe, N.M.

Police say Hackman acted in self-defense and no charges have been filed.

Hackman told officers he had helped Bruce Becker, 63, for several years, and Becker told a similar story. But their versions of the actual physical confrontation diverge, with Hackman saying he slapped the man once and Becker saying he was hit 10 to 12 times by the tough-guy actor.

The report released by Santa Fe police said both agreed the incident began when Becker approached Hackman and his wife, Betsy, on a street early Tuesday afternoon and asked for money.

Becker told police Hackman called him a worthless bum and told him to get a job. Hackman said he told Becker to get a job and tried to walk away but Becker kept following him and his wife asking for money and calling them by a derogatory name.

Becker said he told Hackman, "Gene, you are just another Clint Eastwood, you are nothing but an empty chair," an apparent reference to Eastwood’s Republican National Convention appearance this summer. He said that’s when Hackman went "ballistic" and began "pummeling" him, he told officers.

Hackman, 82, told police Becker became angry when he refused to give him money, called him a name and moved in close in a threatening manner. The actor told officers that’s when he slapped Becker once to fend him off and both fell to the ground.

Hackman and his wife have a home in Santa Fe. He has won two Academy Awards and been nominated for three others over a career that has spanned five decades.

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