5:39 pm - 11/13/2012

Director David O. Russell won't face criminal charges for groping his transgender niece

"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.

A 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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ponpiri 13th-Nov-2012 11:09 pm (UTC)
This guy's creep factor keeps increasing.
saltireflower 13th-Nov-2012 11:10 pm (UTC)
Something is wrong with this guy.
blue_birds 13th-Nov-2012 11:13 pm (UTC)
Ugh gross as fuck.
atrum_silva 13th-Nov-2012 11:13 pm (UTC)
ms_mmelissa 13th-Nov-2012 11:14 pm (UTC)
Wish people would boycott his movies so this abusive fuck would be out of work.

*le sigh*
chrislola 13th-Nov-2012 11:21 pm (UTC)
deadendqueen16 13th-Nov-2012 11:17 pm (UTC)
myrrhmade 13th-Nov-2012 11:17 pm (UTC)
Oh god. I'm going to fucking throw up....
megalixer 13th-Nov-2012 11:20 pm (UTC)
I hate that so many directors are so sleazy :(
chrislola 13th-Nov-2012 11:20 pm (UTC)
fucking gross. this nasty piece of shit.
pastelstar 13th-Nov-2012 11:31 pm (UTC)
He touched his niece's boobs? Wtf
snapiphany 13th-Nov-2012 11:32 pm (UTC)
Such fucking shit. Fry his grody ass.
sugarless_girl 13th-Nov-2012 11:38 pm (UTC)
This worthless piece of shit.
scottdisick 13th-Nov-2012 11:42 pm (UTC)
This asshole...
khlassique 13th-Nov-2012 11:44 pm (UTC)
gross, and even more gross at tmz feeling the need to point out that his niece is transgender when it has NOTHING to do with the fact that he sexually harassed her.
d00ditsemily 13th-Nov-2012 11:54 pm (UTC)
actually I guess from what I read on avclub.com his excuse for touching her breast was because of the hormones she was taking and they made her breast grew so that's why he groped her idek
kwikimart 13th-Nov-2012 11:47 pm (UTC)
He's such an ASSHOLE

I know JenLaw is friendly with him but I hope that stays on set only because knowing the way he is, there's no doubt he'll try something on her later on
nymphadoratonks 14th-Nov-2012 03:01 am (UTC)

this pic is from 2009, he's "had an eye on her" for years.
kwikimart 14th-Nov-2012 03:26 am (UTC)
This cannot happen!

I think he will actually behave but he might stand in too close and watch her a lot when she's unaware...

urgh, he's disgusting
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