BY STEVE ROTHAUS, srothaus@MiamiHerald.com
Broward Sheriff's Office has ended a quick investigation of Oscar-nominated director David O. Russell (The Fighter) after his transgender niece accused him of touching her breasts Dec. 30 in a Deerfield Beach hotel gym.
Russell, 53, acknowledged touching 19-year-old niece Nicole Peloquin's enhanced breasts. He was curious about Peloquin's transition and asked her if she'd be uncomfortable if he touched her.
"Peloquin said that [she] was not uncomfortable," according to the BSO report.
Nicole Peloquin (born Nicolas) is the daughter of Russell's adopted sister and told deputies that she is saving for a sex-change operation. No one answered her cellphone number Friday afternoon and the voicemail message box was full.
Russell spokeswoman Cynthia Swartz said the movie director was "pleased that the authorities have looked into this matter and have confirmed that the investigation has been concluded and the case has been closed.”
BSO spokeswoman Dani Moschella said the sheriff's office would not charge Russell, explaining that if a crime at the Embassy Suites hotel was committed, it would be classified as a misdemeanor battery.
Peloquin would have to file a complaint with the Broward state attorney's office and it would be up to investigators there whether to charge Russell, Moschella said.