Joy and American Hustle director David O. Russell accused of groping his trans niece

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David O. Russell, the Oscar-nominated director of Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle, accused of groping his own relative who is transgender. In 2011, his 19-year-old transgender niece Nicole Peloquin – who is not a blood relative – filed a police report against her uncle who allegedly put his hands under her top to feel the breasts. He also allegedly offered to help Peloquin with abdominal exercises while his hand “hovered above” her “private parts,” according to The Daily Beast. Russell did not deny allegations but said that touching breasts was not a harassment, he had just been “curious about the breast enhancement.” The director, who has worked with stars like Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Adams, reportedly told police that his niece “is always causing drama since the transgender transformation and has become very provocative and seductive.” The case was ultimately dropped and he has not been charged.

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