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Gene Hackman slaps homeless man who calls his wife the C-word

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Gene Hackman arrives at the 60th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, CA on January 19, 2003. Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images.

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KEVIN WINTER

Gene Hackman defended his wife's honor Tuesday by slapping a homeless man who reportedly called her a c**t, reports TMZ. 

Police were called to the scene outside of a Santa Fe, New Mexico restaurant where the 82-year-old actor and his wife Betsy were having lunch. 

Hackman reportedly told police that a man, Bruce Becker, approached them in an agressive manor and called his wife a nasty name. 

The Oscar winner then dished out what TMZ calls "street justice" and gave the man a slap. 

Sgt. Andrea Dobyns confirmed to E! that the man on the receiving end of the slap called authorities at around 1:30 p.m. to report that he had been beaten up by Gene Hackman.

"It looked like Mr. Hackman did this purely out of self-defense to protect himself and his wife," said Dobyns.

AP reports that Hackman and his wife have a home in Santa Fe.

Hackman is a two-time Academy Award winner, taking home trophies for his portrayal of Jimmy "Popeye" Doyle in "The French Connection" in 1971, and Little Bill Daggett in "Unforgiven" in 1992.