David O. Russell gets himself into trO.uble…Posted: January 6, 2012
Director David O. Russell (‘The Fighter’, ‘I Heart Huckabees’, ‘Three Kings’) is currently being investigated by the Police Department of Florida after allegations of inappropriately touching his transgender niece. At first it sounds like the offbeat premise for a Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winning film, but the details become a little murky…
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.”
It seems this news source is already siding with the acclaimed director: “The niece — who does NOT have a blood relation to Russell.” Thanks for that clarification, TMZ. I feel much better now that you’ve put it in ALL CAPS. It’s certainly no longer a disgusting thought. To be fair, the only way this depressing story could be comically relieved is if it turns out their “workout session” involved the core-strength ball from ‘I Heart Huckabees’…
Instead, it just gets darker once David O. Russell tells all:
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.
If this news wasn’t so dark and discomforting, I might have taken a quick moment to talk about TMZ’s consistently incomprehensible use of ellipses … , but the part about Russell repeatedly asking his transgender niece if he was making her uncomfortable has definitely made me feel uncomfortable.
It’s just a shame that neither of these testimonies can be used in court because of the “pinky swear.”