WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Robert De Niro’s former employee filed a lawsuit against the actor Thursday alleging the actor subjected her to ‘creepy and abusive behavior.’
- In explosive new charges, Graham Chase Robinson accused De Niro of leaving her voicemails threatening “you’re f—ing history” and calling her a “bitch” and a “brat.”
- Robinson also says she was the victim of “gratuitous unwanted physical contact” from De Niro for several years since she started working for the actor’s company in 2008.
A former employee filed a lawsuit Thursday against Robert De Niro for allegedly subjecting a longtime employee to creepy and abusive behavior.
Graham Chase Robinson accused the award-winning actor of leaving her voicemails threatening “you’re f—ing history” and calling her a “bitch” and a “brat,” in an explosive new charge.
Robinson says she was the victim of “gratuitous unwanted physical contact” from De Niro for several years. The actor also hurled “sexually-charged comments to her” when she worked at his production company, Canal Productions Inc.
The $12 million lawsuit against the actor was filed in Manhattan federal court for gender discrimination and wage violations.
According to Robinson, she began working for Canal Productions in 2008 as an executive assistant and “forced to resign” in April after just being promoted as vice president of production and finance.
“Robert De Niro is someone who has clung to old mores. He does not accept the idea that men should treat women as equals,” the suit says. “He does not care that gender discrimination in the workplace violates the law. Ms. Robinson is a casualty of this attitude.”
Robinson claims the actor treated her as his “office wife” and made her do “stereotypically female duties, like housework” while getting underpaid and denying her overtime.
“Among other things, De Niro would direct Ms. Robinson to scratch his back, button his ties and prod him awake when he was in bed,” the complaint reads. “De Niro also stood idly by while his friend slapped Ms. Robinson on her buttocks.”
A recording of a scathing voicemail De Niro reportedly left Robinson when she didn’t pick up his call was included in the lawsuit.
“You f—ing don’t answer my calls? How dare you! You’re about to be fired. You’re f–king history,” the voicemail says.
In August, De Niro and his production company sued Robinson for $3 million, accusing Robinson of embezzlement and binge-watching “Friends” on the clock before suddenly quitting. According to Robinson, that suit was brought in retaliation after she had threatened to sue De Niro first.
“De Niro was enraged at the prospect of Ms. Robinson bringing a lawsuit challenging his behavior,” Robinson’s complaint says. “So, he retaliated and struck first.”
“What De Niro did to me was wrong,” Robinson said in an email. “The bullying, the inappropriate comments and the demeaning treatment grew so bad that the workplace became intolerable.”
A rep for Canal Productions did not immediately return messages.
Source: Page Six