Doesn't mess with Lex Luthor!
Gene Hackman defended his wife's honor in Sante Fe, NM yesterday when he bitch-slapped the homeless man who called his wife Betsy the C-Word!!
Whoa!! For an 82 year-old dude, Gene is still a bad-ass!
The homeless antagonizer/pimp-slapping victim, Bruce Becker, called authorities immediately after the incident occurred.
Cops interviewed the badass from Unforgiven and Superman and determined Gene's hand to the face was a necessary measure to defend himself and his wife.
While we NEVER condone violence, we're grateful the actor only slapped him!
Some men or women of lesser willpower would probably go ballistic if a stranger called their loved one such a terribly offensive word!
We're genuinely sorry, Bruce, if you are presently without home, but that hardly justifies calling nice people mean names!
[Image via AP Images.]
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