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Report: Gene Hackman Slaps Homeless Guy in Self-Defense

Vera Anderson/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Gene Hackman slapped a homeless man who reportedly approached the veteran actor and his wife in a threatening manner outside a restaurant in Santa Fe, N.M., TMZ reports.

Police sources tell TMZ the incident happened Tuesday as Hackman and his wife were leaving the restaurant.  Sources say a homeless person identified as Bruce Becker approached the couple in a threatening manner.  Becker allegedly used foul language to insult Betsy Hackman, which prompted the Hollywood star to slap Becker across the face.

After Becker called police to report what happened, Hackman and his wife were interviewed by law enforcement who determined that the slap was in self-defense.  No charges were filed by either party.

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Madonna‚Äôs Brother: Why Am I Homeless?

Jamie McCarthy/WireImage(TRAVERSE CITY, Mich.) -- The Material Girl’s brother has a money problem.

In an interview last week with the local newspaper Michigan Messenger, Madonna‘s older brother Anthony Ciccone said he’s been homeless for more than a year and his superstar sister isn’t helping him out.

“My family turned their back on me, basically, when I was having a hard time,” Ciccone said. He began living under a bridge in Traverse City, Mich., after losing his job at the family winery, Ciccone Vineyard.

“You think I haven’t answered this kind of question a bazillion times -- why my sister is a multibazillionarie, and I’m homeless on the street?” he said.  ”Never say never. This could happen to anybody.”

Ciccone, 55, said life on the streets has worn him down: “I got frostbite on my feet last winter. A friend of mine lost all ten toes. Several have died of hypothermia.”

A rep for Madonna did not respond to ABC News' multiple requests for comment.

Ciccone isn’t the first sibling of Madonna’s to have a falling out. In 2008, her younger brother, Christopher Ciccone, put out a book in which he detailed her relationship with her ex-husband Guy Ritchie and her personality flaws. “I think, ultimately, she’s a lonely person and, unfortunately, it, it truly is lonely at the top,” he told Good Morning America.

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Sly Stone Living in a Van in Los Angeles

Sly (seated center) and the Family Stone(LOS ANGELES) -- Funk legend Sly Stone is living in a van in Los Angeles while attempting to revive his career and get clean, according to recent reports.

Stone, 68, who fronted the legendary funk outfit Sly & the Family Stone, told the NY Post that he now makes music on a laptop in the back of the van he calls home, which is parked in the rough Crenshaw neighborhood in L.A.

“I like my small camper,” he told the Post. “I just do not want to return to a fixed home. I cannot stand being in one place. I must keep moving.”

Only four years ago the legendary funk musician, born Sylvester Stewart, was living in a Napa Valley compound complete with a vineyard and his own collection of cars. Now, according to the Post, a family that lives near where the van is parked ensures that Stone eats at least once per day.

Sly & the Family Stone hit it big with their crowd-pleasing performance in a middle-of-the-night set at Woodstock, and went on to record some of funk’s greatest hits, including Everyday People, Family Affair, and Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin).

Stone soon moved to Los Angeles while the remainder of the band, which included his brother and sister, remained in the Bay Area. His behavior soon became erratic, with missed or late arrivals to many performances, while rumors of drug addiction and mafia connections began to circulate.

By the 1980s the group’s popularity had diminished; their final album, 1982′s Ain’t But the One Way was a commercial dud. In 1987 Stone performed for the last time for 18 years.

He is now in the midst of a legal battle with his manager Jerry Goldstein, who is suing for $50 million, alleging fraud and stolen royalty payments. Legal and monetary problems pushed him out of his Napa mansion in 2009.

Earlier this week, gossip website posted an interview with Stone that took place in the van where he is residing. The soul legend discussed his new plan to get clean.

“I’ve got a rehab that I’ve chosen, and I’m gonna go … “I’m gonna put [the van] next to the rehab facility, and put my studio equipment in here,” Stone said. “And if there’s no problem with my music, and not drinking beer, or those kind of things, then it’ll be fine.”

He told the Post that he has hundreds of recorded tracks in the back of his van, but for now, he is keeping them to himself, and said that he hasn’t had beer or cocaine in “a week and a half.”

“I want to have a paper from a rehab that says I’ve been clean for this many … and they will be able to feel it, and see it, and I will be there,” Stone said.

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