NEW YORK (AP) – Burt Reynolds reportedly slapped a CBS-TV assistant producer in the face at a movie premiere in Manhattan.

The producer was asking Reynolds, 69, about his new movie “The Longest Yard” outside the premiere in the Chelsea section Tuesday night when the actor became annoyed, CBS reported.

“You don’t know anything about the movie?” Reynolds asked.

The producer acknowledged he hadn’t seen it or the original 1974 version. Reynolds then slapped the producer. “What … kind of guy are you?” he asked.

CBS aired footage of the incident during its Wednesday morning newscast.

Jeff Lane, a spokesman for Reynolds, said in a statement that Reynolds “playfully tapped (the producer) on the cheek, as if to say, ‘Well, that’s not very nice.’ He was kidding.”

The producer works for CBS News PATH, which provides video footage to affiliate stations.


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