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David O. Russell's Niece

The Fight Ain't Over Yet!!!

1/7/2012 6:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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David O. Russell
's transgender niece isn't giving up after cops refused to file charges against the director -- family sources tell TMZ, she plans to do whatever she can to reopen the case.

TMZ broke the story ... the Broward County Sheriff's Office has closed the case against Russell -- after his niece claimed the director groped her breasts -- "because it's an allegation of simple battery that was not witnessed by law enforcement."

Her only option now is to take her case to the State's Attorney on her own -- and we're told she's strongly considering making the move. If successful, Russell could still face criminal charges.

As we previously reported, Russell's 19-year-old niece told police the "Fighter" director inappropriately grabbed her breasts during a workout session at a Florida hotel.

A family source tells us ... Russell's niece really looked up to him ... and she believes he lured her into a false sense of security before taking advantage of her.

But Russell has proclaimed his innocence from the beginning. According to the police report, Russell admits touching her breast -- out of curiosity and with her consent -- during a discussion about the hormone treatments she was undergoing.

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

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Rogue Warrior    

His nephew cannot be his niece if he HAS a penis! Dude is a man through and through, but of course you can call him whatever you want. I guess in the gay world, there is no God and if he exists then he makes an awful lot of mistakes. Better yet, old Harvey and Company probably thinks God could be a transgendered person too. Tell this to middle America, they'll die laughing...

1019 days ago
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willzark    

wherfe is a pic of this thing he touched??? tmz no pic for 2 days, thought you were better than this!!!

1019 days ago
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Googie    

Sounds like it was a setup. Nephew/niece is cunning & knew how to trap uncle/cashcow for $$$$$

1019 days ago
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Ace    

Was the event that traumatic, or are the dollar signs in the eyes that big?

1019 days ago
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veronica valencia    

even if she did consent, hello that's your niece!

1019 days ago
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Texas-Writer    

He-She's probably just looking for $, 15 minutes of notoriety and a reality show. As long as he can get a line in the news, he will keep it up. No pictures yet because he's busy buying some new headshots.

1019 days ago
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Truth    

ADMITTEDLY, O. RUSSELL IS A TEMPERAMENTAL DOUCHE BAG WITH A WEIRD ANGST FETISH BUT CMON... THIS S/HE SO-CALLED NIECE IS NOW OUT FOR VENDETTA$$. THE VENDETTA FOR CASH$$ TO FINISH THAT LAME TRANSGENDERED SURGERY THAT THE BITCH CANT AFFORD ON HIS/HER OWN. AHHH, THAT MUST BE IT! #TRUTH!!

1019 days ago
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Just Reading    

This is only a headline because it’s a sad and confusing story. Under normal cir****tances the question would be whether David had an inappropriate relationship with his “of legal age” family member…which would be considered incest even though they are related only by marriage. Instead the debate is the motive of each (curiosity or shake down) because of the accuser’s gender identity problem. It’s no wonder the police declined to press charges…there is nothing clear cut here aside from it’s gossip worthiness. Bottom line, the director messed up…it’s never a good idea to “touch” any adultfamily member aside from your spouse in areas considered private…whether by invitation or not.

1019 days ago
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Kari    

You go girl, ...guy, whatever.

1019 days ago
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the artist formerly known as hand turkey    

It's weird that all people can focus on is the person's gender identity. Like well, she is not really a girl, so, it's alright for her uncle, who probably has been an authority figure her whole life, to grope her?

I don't think so. Uncle is a perv.

1019 days ago
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IceGypsy    

I highly doubt he "groped" him. It was more than likely a case of curiosity. You know "hey man you have boobs let me see em" type thing.

1019 days ago
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Kattyparry    

I don't know who is more perverted...the boy with the fake, plastic lady like lumps crying foul over something that has absolutely no sexual significance because it's just some bags of goo wrapped in manskin; or the uncle who wanted to touch those fake lady-like lumps that belong to his nephew, who is a BOY btw, who basically wants a payday from the rich uncle.

1019 days ago
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steve    

who cares whether its a boy, girl or an inbetween what the hell is that moronic uncle touching the kid for anyway

1019 days ago
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Rogue Warrior    

If I counted correctly, there were 19 references to being a female. I decided to give myself a quick education on this topic and wouldn't you know it, here's one thing I found; In English, a transsexual person's first step in transition often includes the request to be referred to using pronouns for their target gender (she rather than he, her rather than him, and hers rather than his, or vice versa).

I guess this is no different than having all my women call me daddy!!!

1019 days ago
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Rogue Warrior    

You have to respect E Online with reporting the facts at least!

Nicole Peloquin (born Nicholas Peloquin), the daughter of Russell's adopted sister

Jim Leljedal, Media Relations Director for the Broward County (Fla.) Sheriff's Department confirms to E! News that the Oscar-nominated filmmaker will not face criminal charges for touching his niece.

"There was never a case, nothing, and there are no charges," Leljedal says.

He adds that if Nicole wants to continue the case, she would have to take it to the Florida State Attorney's office.

The investigation originated last week when Nicole Peloquin (born Nicholas Peloquin), the daughter of Russell's adopted sister, claimed that Russell felt her breasts during a workout at a Florida hotel gym.

Read more: http://www.eonline.com/news/director_david_russell_wont_face/284585#ixzz1in0jJCNo

1019 days ago
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