The incident, which took place outside a restaurant in Santa Fe, New Mexico, reportedly resulted in the actor slapping the man, identified as Bruce Becker, across the face.
Becker subsequently called the cops, who arrived at the scene and spoke with Hackman.
“It looked like Mr. Hackman did this purely out of self-defense to protect himself and his wife,” Dobyns said.
No one was injured in the altercation, and no charges were filed.
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