Police in Los Angeles reported that Gene Hackman traded punches with a man following a minor traffic collision Monday.
Neither combatant was injured and no one was arrested, police said.
There are conflicting accounts of what happened.
Hackman and the other driver got out of their cars to exchange insurance information when, according to a publicist for Hackman, the other driver and a male passenger started shoving the 71-year-old two-time Oscar-winner around.
According to one account, the fight was over by the time officers arrived at the scene. Other reports indicate that police broke up the fight. According to one account, Hackman punched the other guy several times before the third man kicked Hackman in the groin.
Since no charges were filed, the matter will not end up in criminal court.
Hackman won the Oscar for best actor in 1971 for "The French Connection." He won the supporting actor Oscar for "Unforgiven" in 1992. He'll show up in U.S. theaters Nov. 9 in the new David Mamet movie, "Heist," and on Dec. 14 in the Ben Stiller-Gwyneth Paltrow comedy, "The Royal Tenenbaums."
J. LO IN FOR HALLE BERRY
Jennifer Lopez reportedly is replacing Halle Berry in the cast of Ben Affleck's upcoming project "Gigli" -- described as the story of a mobster who kidnaps a district attorney's mentally challenged brother, and the woman sent by the mob to make sure he does the job right.
Filming is scheduled to begin next month, with Martin Brest ("Meet Joe Black," "Scent of a Woman," "Beverly Hills Cop") directing from his own screenplay.
Berry had been expected to co-star with Affleck, but she had a scheduling conflict with "X-Men 2," the sequel to last year's box-office hit.
(The above two items thanks to UPI Hollywood Reporter Pat Nason)
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