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Tom Hanks: Subway 'manspreading' claims are false, train 'car was half empty'

Tom Hanks seen riding the subway in New

Tom Hanks seen riding the subway in New York on January 22, 2015. Credit: NIGNY / Splash News

Tom Hanks is defending himself against "the Internet" after he took some heat for "manspreading," or taking up multiple subway seats.

Hanks, 58, got flak for a January photo showing him taking up two seats in the midst of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's campaign to combat manspreading.

"I have an argument with the Internet because there I am on the subway and someone says, 'Oh, Hanks is doing the manspread. He's taking up ... too much space on the subway,' " he said during a halftime interview at the Knicks game on MSG Network. "I want to say hey, Internet, that subway car was half empty. I'm not a guy who's going to take up space. There were, like, 14 seats that were free. So all I was, was relaxing on the train ride uptown. So hey, Internet: back off."

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