Richard Gere’s close attention to an attractive blonde at restaurant is reported to have led to a confrontation with her angry husband.
Richard Gere, 63, was told to stay away from the woman after he reportedly left his table to chat to her.
The actor was told: “Get the f*** out of here” after he made a beeline for the woman, according to the New York Post.
A source told the New York Post that Richard Gere, who is married to actress Carey Lowell, had been staring at the woman while they both dined at the Nick and Toni’s restaurant in fashionable beachside resort of East Hampton, on Long Island in New York.
Richard Gere was at the restaurant celebrating with his agents after picking up a lifetime achievement award at the Hampton’s International Film Festival.
Over dinner the unnamed “gorgeous blonde” is said to have caught Richard Gere’s eye.
“He kept staring at this woman. Her husband seemed agitated by it,” a source told the Post.
“He approached the other table. He didn’t acknowledge anyone around her. He was leaning in and trying to talk to her, leaning into her ear.”
The woman was apparently confused about Richard Gere’s close attention, leading to her husband stepping in and warning the actor to leave.
Richard Gere is said to have ignored the shouted threat, and continued to talk to the woman before making his exit.
The husband is said to have followed Richard Gere outside to make sure that he left the restaurant where other A-list celebrities including actress Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin and Gwyneth Paltrow’s mother Blythe Danner were dining.
A spokesman for Richard Gere claimed the incident had been misinterpreted.
“Reality is, he was at a table with his agents and their wives. On his way out, he stopped to say hi to the people at that table, and joked with the people briefly before leaving,” said his spokesman.
Richard Gere shot to fame in American Gigolo and cemented his status as a Hollywood heartthrob playing a naval pilot in An Officer and a Gentleman.
In recent years he is best known for his role in the romantic drama Pretty Woman opposite Julia Roberts.
He has generated talk of an Oscar for his portrayal of a Wall St. financier in his latest film Arbitrage.
Richard Gere was previously married to supermodel Cindy Crawford and wed Carey Lowell, a former Bond girl, in 2002.