Legendary Lawrence of Arabia actor Omar Sharif slapped a fan at the Doha Tribeca Film Festival in Qatar. (Wouldn't exporting a festival named after a neighborhood sort of defeat the purpose?) Sharif is posing for pictures when the woman steps up to have her picture taken with him, at which point the 79-year-old slaps her and shouts:
My dear! I told you I'd get to you afterwards! I just said that and you're standing here. Put something in your brain!
A reporter present tweeted:
Omar Sharif just hit a woman. Very stupidly, in front of a camera. #dohafilmfestival
Omar Sharif was brushing away a woman who was trying to take a photograph. Unintentional contact, an accident. She was smiling afterwards.
it was pretty grumpy but accidental - and the thing is, she was smiling after so she wasn't upset
Regardless of what happened in Doha, Sharif's twilight years have been pretty violent: In 2003 he was convicted for headbutting a Parisian cop, and in 2008 he pleaded "no contest" to the misdemeanor battery of a Beverly Hills parking attendant. Then again, famed scholar Edward Said once said Sharif bullied him as a schoolboy. [TMZ]