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'Fighter' Director

Transgender Niece Tells Cops --

He Groped My Breasts

1/6/2012 8:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

David O. RussellDavid O. Russell -- the Oscar-nominated director behind "The Fighter" -- is under investigation in Florida for copping a feel of his 19-year-old transgender niece ... but Russell told cops it was totally consensual.

The Broward County Sheriff's Dept. has confirmed ... Russell has been accused of inappropriately grabbing his niece's breasts during a workout session at a South Florida hotel gym on Dec. 30. 

According to the police report taken 3 days after the incident, Russell's niece ... who was born a man and is currently in the preoperative phase of her transition ... told cops the two had been doing abdominal exercises when he asked questions about her transformation.

The niece -- who does NOT have a blood relation to Russell -- told cops they began to talk about her breasts ... and how certain hormones she's taking have made them larger.

According to the report, the niece claims Russell then "put his hands under [her] top and felt both breasts."

Cops say the woman said she felt "uncomfortable" ... but admitted she "did not ask him to stop at any time." 

Investigators later contacted Russell ... and according to the report, the director confirmed he DID touch his niece's breasts ... but only after she gave him permission.

Cops say Russell explained that during the conversation about her chest, the niece informed him that one of her breasts was bigger than the other. The official report says ... Russell told cops his niece then "allowed [him] to feel both of [her] breasts."

According to the report, Russell told cops his niece asked him to "pinky swear" that he would never tell anyone about the incident.

In the report, cops say Russell insisted he repeatedly asked his niece if she was ever uncomfortable during the incident ... and claims she gave consent.

In the police report, one of the investigators notes, "Russell stated [his niece] is always causing drama since the transgender transformation and has become very provocative and seductive."

TMZ spoke to a source extremely close to the family who said the niece only filed the report because she felt "violated by someone who was very close to her" ... and she wants to make it clear that even powerful people should be "held accountable for their actions."

Cops tell TMZ ... the case is currently under investigation and authorities plan to re-interview both parties. The case will eventually be submitted to the Florida State's Attorney's Office, which will decide if criminal battery charges will be filed.

A spokesperson for Russell tells us, "David O. Russell emphatically denies any wrongdoing and has cooperated fully with the authorities."


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Innocent people sometimes end up in prison for stupid sheet like this. Not amused.

1023 days ago

God I hope the Mayans are right and the world ends this year

1023 days ago


Sorry, TMZ but this is no exclusive. Read it first on The Smoking Gun hours ago and on The Wrap after that.

1023 days ago


On so many levels, just EWWWW

1023 days ago


OK - you may touch my breasts now.

1023 days ago


Russell is a freakin' perv! Just sayin'

1023 days ago

Mumra the Ever Living    

Now this is a real resume builder.

1023 days ago

tym othy    

so its a man touching another over 18 year old mans chest..its actually his nephew but not blood at most the charge would be battery, nothing sexual about it. the nephew has male chromosomes and genitalia. at most a man touched another mans chest without permission.

1023 days ago

Michael Jackson Was A Pedo    

He must be a homo.

1023 days ago


I feel kind of sorry for him. I doubt the intent was sexual. This was a 19-year-old man transitioning into a woman. So *she was talking about growing breasts, and he was curious. It might have been uncomfortable, and she should have said no to it, but going as far as to report it when there's no other reason to is wrong.

1023 days ago


Where are the pics of the shemale?
19 is legal, right? Esp. in Florida, that's an old maid!

1023 days ago


She'll NEVER have her scrotum severed in this town again!

1023 days ago


what a freaky story. welcome to the 21st century

1023 days ago


This country is falling apart by tons and tons so damn quickly it's pathetic. This is almost as bad as the moronic damn cop who arrested a McDonalds employee because there was too much salt on this hamburger.

1023 days ago


Definitely the "WTF?" story of the day.

1023 days ago
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