Robert De Niro subjected his former assistant to "verbally abusive" and "sexually-charged" behavior, including leaving her voicemails filled with vulgar language, a new lawsuit alleges. She said that De Niro stood idly by while his friend slapped her on her buttocks. In sum, the suit portrayed Robinson as a loafer and a thief.
Two-time Oscar victor Robert De Niro, who sued a former employee last month for watching "astounding hours of TV shows on Netflix" at work among other claims of exploitation and financial abuse, became the defendant in a separate gender discrimination lawsuit brought by that same employee Thursday. "He does not accept the idea that men should treat women as equals", the suit states.
Robert De Niro is accused of gender discrimination and wage violations by a former employee.
Robinson accuses the famous actor of gratuitous unwanted physical contact.
"He treated Ms. Robinson as his 'office wife, ' assigned her stereotypically female duties like housework, and insisted that she be available to him around the clock", the lawsuit states.
Representatives for De Niro did not immediately respond to Fox News' request for comment. "He would joke with Ms. Robinson about his Viagra prescription".
Robinson claims she was paid less than a male employee with a comparable job and that even after she was promoted to an executive position, she was asked to scratch De Niro's back, button his shirts and do laundry.
CBS N.Y. did receive a statement from De Niro's attorney that said "the allegations made by Graham Chase Robinson against Robert De Niro are beyond absurd". So, he retaliated and struck first.
Interestingly enough, De Niro himself filed a suit against Robinson in August for $6 million, alleging that she embezzled money from the actor's production company, Canal Productions, and wasted time while employed as the vice president of production and finance.
Robinson is seeking at least $12 million from De Niro and his production company for pay she says she was denied based on the alleged discrimination and associated damages from the alleged harassment.
As a result of the demands De Niro placed on Ms. Robinson, she had to work longer hours than her male colleagues. On weekdays, it was typical for Ms. Robinson to start working by around 7 a.m. and stop working around 8 p.m. When she told the actor that she would be resigning in November 2018, he "induced her to stay" by promising that her work conditions would improve. In addition, she also routinely worked additional hours during weekends.
I obviously don't know who is telling the truth here, if anyone.
Graham Chase Robinson alleges that the Oscar victor, 76, used sexist language and made suggestive jokes in her presence.