Omar Sharif, the legendary actor who starred in classics including “Lawrence of Arabia” and “Dr. Zhivago,” slapped a woman in the face on a red carpet at the Doha Tribeca Film Festival in Qatar on Thursday (Oct. 27).
The 79-year-old actor was posing with fans for photos when one woman approached him at what we have to assume was an innoportune moment. In the video above, Sharif turns to her and, according to TMZ, yells at the woman in Arabic to wait her turn. Then he slaps her across the face.
You’d think after that even the Sharif’s biggest fan would have a change of heart. But instead, the unidentified woman holds her ground and poses for a picture with Sharif, smiling while simultaneously appearing to hold back tears.
“Omar Sharif just hit a woman,” tweeted one reporter at the scene according to TMZ. “Very stupidly, in front of a camera.”
In 2003, Sharif received a suspended one-month prison sentence for striking a police officer in Paris. In 2007, he was found guilty of assaulting a Beverly Hills parking attendant and breaking his nose.
Just four continents to go, Omar!