‘Fighter’ Director in Groping Scandal

    Director David O. Russell poses for a portrait after the Academy Award Nominees Luncheon in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Monday, Feb. 7, 2011. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)

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    This is uncomfortable. David O. Russell’s 19-year-old transsexual nephew, Nicolas Peloquin, has accused the director of groping him while they worked out at the gym. Peloquin has filed a battery complaint against Russell, alleging that the 53-year-old director of The Fighter felt his breasts after they discussed gender-reassignment surgery. Russell confirmed the incident in an interview with police, but insisted that Peloquin was “acting very provocative toward him.” Peloquin is the son of Russell’s adopted sister.

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