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'Precious' director's sister charged in New York City with evidence tampering

The sister of "Precious" director Lee Daniels has been charged in New York City with removing guns and cash from her California house following her husband's arrest on drug smuggling charges.

Leah Daniels-Butler was charged Tuesday in a Brooklyn court with obstructing a federal investigation.

She was ordered to wear an ankle monitoring bracelet and released on $50,000 bail.

Daniels-Butler is a casting associate who helped discover "Precious" star Gabourey Sidibe (GA'-buh-ray SIH'-dee-bay.)

The Daily News says her lawyer, Jim McMillan, declined comment.

Federal authorities say Henry Butler was arrested after driving away from his Thousand Oaks, Calif., home on Aug. 3. He was accused of smuggling cocaine from Los Angeles to New York using overnight shipping. The name of his attorney was not immediately available.

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