Oscar-nominated director David O. Russell
, who gave us the incestuous Spanking the Monkey
, and more recently The Fighter
, has made headlines again — and this time it's not because he called Lily Tomlin the "c" word after throwing a fit on the set of I Heart Huckabees
. Russell's adopted, 19-year old, pre-op transgendered niece has filed a police report against the director, claiming that she was groped while they were working out. If we haven't lost you yet, there's more.
TMZ has shared
that Russell has fessed up to the "grope," but insists he's innocent and that it was totally consensual. Russell's rep confirms that, "[He] emphatically denies any wrongdoing and has cooperated fully with the authorities." We'll just quote this little bit from the report for you to try to wrap your mind around.
"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.'"
Yikes, is pretty much all we can manage here. We're guessing this probably won't be the last we hear of this story, so we'll get you more info as it develops.
: Authorities have looked into this matter, and deemed it not worthy of pursuing. The case is now closed and no further action will be taken. [via The Playlist