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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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"Transgender Niece" = Nephew.

968 days ago


Let's stop with the "she" and "her" crap okay. It's a man. Just like how Chaz Bono or whatever it calls itself is still a woman. Like someone else said, the cops are investigating this guy for touching another mans chest. **** off PC police. I'm so over this PC crap where we have to call some freak crossdresser tranny a woman when everyone knows good and damn well they have a penis. Penis = man.

968 days ago


The man turning woman has some issues beyond the obvious. Perhaps the sex change is due to sexual abuse in childhood that is surfacing now as his body is turning into a her. Get to a therapist right away and maybe you can spare yourself lots of self abuse.

968 days ago

Rogue Warrior    

Wow, so news today is a man touching another mans breasts? Who gives a fvk, especially when someone invites weird into their lives...........

968 days ago


He did direct "Spanking the Monkey" about a guy that has sex with his I guess he has a real-life interest in keeping it in the family.

968 days ago


transgenders really creep me the F*** out! like seriously send chills down my spine

968 days ago

i said lesbians...    

hey my dog is a drag queen and i felt his boobs earlier dont tell anybody though

968 days ago


I just wish everyone would leave the Chazgendered people alone!

968 days ago


I can honestly believe Russells side of the story. C'mon a transgender not alowing someone else feel the breasts? LOL!

968 days ago


Reminds me of the scene in Drew Carey Show where Oswald got fake boobs and everyone wanted to see/squeeze them. I'm sure this is being taken way out of context.

968 days ago


You mean his nephew with a boob job? That transgender crap should be illegal! The guy needs Jesus, not some operation to placate his mental disorder!

968 days ago


Considering what happens in schools with guys nipple pinching either other, a guy doing a less harmful version of that to his nephew (that didnt care if he didnt say no/stop) is a non-issue. If it's some form of abuse, then schools should start arresting all the guys that nipple pinch each other in high school as that is far more worse than a guy touching his nephews chest.

968 days ago


Quit referring to it as a "she".

968 days ago


oh, for gods sake this was just being curious and nothing more that. She says fine and then pulls the groping crap. Please.

968 days ago


Crazy in the head anyone? is it really strange? transgender, im not saying some arent normal, but i wouldnt bet on most being all there.

968 days ago
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