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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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985 days ago

the artist formerly known as hand turkey    

So, TMZ, are you suggesting that it's okay for your uncle to molest you as long as he's not your blood relation?

I don't think it's okay to grope your relatives. Gender is irrelevant.

985 days ago


So now it is a criminal offense to make someone "uncomfortable" and we are expected to detect via our super-psychic powers what makes another person "uncomfortable" because they have no responsibility to communicate that fact themselves? Makes sense in a way though. Lots and lots of people will stop doing something when they know it's making the other person uncomfortable thus throwing away good opportunities for victimization and as we all know "victim" is the highest status a person can aspire to in our society.

985 days ago

Joey Boots    

So much for abiding by the sacred pink swearing - next thing ya know people will be lying under oath.

985 days ago


I have a lot to say about this, not the least of which would be considered "controversal", but I'll just say this: Just because you change your external appearance, it doesn't make you another gender. I don't know any scientist who would say otherwise. I mean, genetically, you're still a man or a woman. Furthermore, I don't know who to believe in this case. After all the details are confirmed, we'll find out. Finally...this is just wierd.

985 days ago

Jay W.     

Weird ...... why would you want to touch your "nephews" breast, permission or not?

985 days ago

Rogue Warrior    

Why isn't that chick two stories down from this one, you know the one with a GR8 a*s, the top story? It's MUCH more newsworthy. Don't believe me? Go ask your parents what they really think about the nephew.....

985 days ago

all about the money    

Some one is trying to get money for their operation...

985 days ago


That transgender crap should be illegal! The world is confusing enough-

985 days ago


I suggest Russell cut all contact with this confused man. He was crazy enough to begin with, what with think he was a female, but now that he's pumping hormones into his body, he's psycho too. Russell, do yourself a favour and forget this person exists.

985 days ago


TMZ needs some better writers. "Born a man"? Really? Also, the sentence segments linked by "..." because the writer doesn't know how to string things together with proper punctuation is quite unprofessional.

985 days ago


It is not a niece. It is a nephew.

985 days ago


Just another filthy rich deviant quack

985 days ago


So, where's the pic of the "niece?" Got a nice rack or what?

985 days ago


that transgender is trying to get publicity

985 days ago
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