SANTA FE, NM (KTLA) -- Actor Gene Hackman is admitting to slapping a homeless man in a confrontation in New Mexico.
Hackman told police he slapped 63-year-old Bruce Becker after the man called his wife a vulgar name and threatened them.
Police were called to the scene, but Hackman was not arrested.
No charges are being filed becasue, after examining the evidence, police believe Hackman was acting in self-defense.
"He was afraid that he and his wife were going to be attacked," Sgt. Andrea Dobyns told the New Mexican.
"Mr. Hackman told our officers that this homeless man assaulted him and his wife and called her a foul word."
The New Mexican reports that Becker has an arrest record that includes multiple charges of battery.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun