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'Fighter' Director

Transgender Case Closed

No Charges Filed

1/6/2012 1:04 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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"The Fighter" director David O. Russell won't face criminal charges for touching his transgender niece's breasts last month ... at least for now -- this according to the Broward County Sheriff's Office.

A rep for the Sheriff's Office tells TMZ, the investigation has been concluded and the case has been closed. According to the rep, cops will not be referring the case to the State's Attorney "because it's an allegation of simple battery that was not witnessed by law enforcement."

The rep adds, the alleged victim can still take her case to the State's Attorney on her own for their consideration -- which means it's still possible, although unlikely, that charges could be filed in the future.

As we previously reported, Russell's 19-year-old niece -- a transgender female -- told police her famous uncle felt her breasts during a workout session at a Florida hotel gym. Cops say Russell admitted he touched her chest, but insisted he had consent.

0106_niece_subassertA rep for David tells us, "We are pleased that the authorities have looked into this matter and have confirmed that the investigation has been concluded and the case has been closed."

Worth noting, Russell's got an infamously ferocious temper -- back in 2004, he faced off with actress Lily Tomlin in a massive blowout on the set of "I Heart Huckabees" ... and it was all caught on tape.

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31.

snense    

Calling that thing his niece just validates his (the guy in the blonde wig) mental illness.

Transgender is just a term for a mental illness not properly treated.

1000 days ago
32.

_][ Character_Assassin ][_    

That was easy money for the he/she. He touched me so how much money will it take to shut him/her up.

1000 days ago
33.

miller    

Whoa, TMZ photoshopped the pic of the neice! In the real version you can clearly see she's holding a cigarette. TMZ added a big freaking shiney spot that's not there in the original picture. IMO it's not a good thing when journalists for photoshop and crop. Play it straight.

1000 days ago
34.

TJones    

He is stupid. why would he squeeze his/her breast even giving permission?

1000 days ago
35.

GOLLY    

The whole time this guy is going off, Lilly tomlin just keeps talking. Does she just shut up and let the rage subside? No. She keeps egging him on.

1000 days ago
36.

Kathy    

THE NIECE looks like Kate Gosselin!

1000 days ago
37.

Kathy    

THE NIECE looks just like KATE GOSSELIN!

1000 days ago
38.

TD    

Another smoker - another LOSER ! SCREW HER/HIM

1000 days ago
39.

amanda    

wooowww, what a disrespectful *******.

1000 days ago
40.

Eric    

Why would you want to feel up your nephew? Gross.

999 days ago
41.

denise    

What a piece os ****!!!! touchin boys boobs n yelling at classy women, throwing a temper tantrum! What a 4 yr old. Go buy some barbies....u pig!

999 days ago
42.

Lewis    

Transgender are just weird. F**king weird. Why are we sooooo afraid to say it? Are we so afraid of GLADD and the liberal left. Give me a break....The weirdo's in California have brainwashed the stupid masses in the state in excepting this totally laughable concept.

999 days ago
43.

Tim    

This David Russell is a disgrace to his profession and I don't care what movies he has made. After watching the way he attacked Lily Tomlin I will make sure the movie I watch is not one of his. Sick Inbreader is what he is.....

999 days ago
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