People: Nov. 12, 2001

PUT THIS MAN IN CHARGE OF HOMELAND SECURITY!

Kids, kids--in the words of that famed Los Angeles motorist, can't we all just get along? Oscar-winning actor GENE HACKMAN was driving on Sunset Boulevard when a Volvo station wagon made a right turn--from the left lane--and cut off Hackman's Volvo. Hackman said the fender bender was his fault (it's just easier to make it go away when you're a celeb, says his publicist Dick Guttman). But the younger driver threatened Hackman and rained homophobic slurs on him, according to Guttman. Enough. Hackman delivered five punches. A male passenger got out; one put...

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