"American Hustle" director David O. Russell was callously mocked by a Sony executive for allegedly "feeling up" his transgender niece three years ago, according to leaked emails obtained by The Daily Beast.

Michael De Luca, co-president of production for Columbia Pictures, also remarked that Russell was nasty to Oscar-winning actress Sally Field in an email exchange with Sony Co-Chairwoman Amy Pascal.

“David’s a loon, talented but geez once I saw him bring Sally Field to a party and reduce her to tears,” De Luca wrote to Pascal, according to the Daily Beast. “Plus remember when he got in trouble for feeling up his transgender nieces [SIC]boobs?”

In early January of 2012, Russell's 19-year-old transgender niece told a Florida sheriff's deputy that the acclaimed director "put his hand under (her) top and felt both her breasts" while they were working out at a gym, according to the police report obtained by The Smoking Gun.

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De Luca attends Producers Guild of America Awards in L.A. in January.

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Russell is seen leaving Greenwich Hotel in New York City in February.


"(She) said he felt uncomfortable, but did not ask Russell to stop at any time," according to the report.

When contacted by authorities, Russell said that his niece had allowed him to feel her breasts after they were discussing her "transgender transformation" and "breast enhancement," according to The Smoking Gun.

Russell's representative said in a statement at the time that he “emphatically denies any wrongdoing and has cooperated fully with the authorities," according to The Daily Beast. No charges were filed.

Last week, Pascal apologized after other leaked Sony emails revealed that she and superproducer Scott Rudin made racist jokes about President Obama and slave movies. In one leaked email, Rudin called movie star Angelina Jolie a “minimally talented spoiled brat.”

Pascal is likely to be fired over the leaked emails, a source told the Daily News last week.


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