Thursday, 17 October, 2019

Robert De Niro sued for gender discrimination by former employee

Robert De Niro and Graham Chase Robinson Robert De Niro and Graham Chase Robinson
Ismael Spencer | 04 October, 2019, 00:26

The former executive sued by Robert De Niro's production company for alleged embezzlement has filed a counter suit, claiming that she was a "casualty" of "gender discrimination in the workplace". In August, De Niro's company, Canal Productions, sued Robinson for $6 million, saying that she used a company credit card to charge hundreds of thousands of dollars in personal expenses and spent a lot of time bingeing Netflix through the Canal account, viewing 55 episodes of "Friends" over four days.

The woman, Graham Chase Robinson, is alleging that De Niro fostered a "hostile work environment" and committed overt acts of harassment against her, including "unwanted physical contact" and sexual comments. De Niro's suit against Robinson seeks $3 million in damages for his former employee's "disloyalty and violation or the faithless servant doctrine", as well as an additional $3 million in damages for funds and assets "misappropriated" by Robinson while employed at Canal.

"De Niro also underpaid Ms. Robinson based on her gender". She was first hired as an assistant to De Niro in 2008 and was later promoted to "Vice President of Production & Finance".

The complaint additionally claims that De Niro "threatened repercussions" after she said she meant to resign and sued her in August only because she was considering filing her own lawsuit. The suit notes he verbally attacked her with gendered terms such as "b--", "brat" and referred to a female business partner as a "c--". Some of her more matronly duties, according to the suit, included responsibilities to "scratch his back, button his shirts, fix his collars, tie his ties, and prod him awake when he was in bed".

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She says De Niro asked her to vacuum and set the table at his house even though she had been promoted.

"De Niro would unleash tirades against Ms. Robinson _ often while he was intoxicated _ in which he denigrated, berated, bullied, and hurled expletives at her", the lawsuit said.

"The lawsuit is replete with "clickbait" allegations that falsely characterize Ms. Robinson as a loafer, a thief, and a miscreant".

Neither De Niro's attorney nor a representative for Canal Productions have commented on Robinson's yet, the Page Six reported. "De Niro responded with both a carrot and a stick - he made promises to induce to her stay and threatened repercussions if she left".

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