SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) -- A New Mexico police report says Gene Hackman had given clothes, money and rides to a homeless man whom Hackman slapped this week after the man became aggressive toward the Oscar-winning actor and his wife.
The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that 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 the man and told him to get a job when Becker approached them Tuesday. Police say Hackman acted in self-defense and no charges have been filed.
Hackman and his wife have a home in Santa Fe. The 82-year-old actor has had five Academy Award nominations and two wins over a career that has spanned five decades.
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