Robert De Niro In Real-Life Court Drama With Ex-Worker

Associated Press
October 03, 2019 - 3:36 pm
Robert De Niro

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NEW YORK (AP) — Robert De Niro has found himself in a real-life court drama, trading dueling lawsuits with his former assistant after their decade-long working relationship went dreadfully sour.

He's accusing her of misappropriating money. She says he subjected her to sexist and harassing comments.

Chase Robinson sued the 76-year-old De Niro Thursday in Manhattan federal court, seeking $12 million.

De Niro's company, Canal Productions, sought $6 million six weeks ago in state court.

Robinson, who's 37, says she endured years of gender discrimination and harassment. She says De Niro made sexually charged comments, was verbally abusive and treated her as his "office wife" while she was an executive assistant and eventual vice president.

Robinson worked for De Niro from 2008 to April 2019. 

Canal's lawsuit alleged Robinson misappropriated hundreds of thousands of dollars and abused her position. The lawsuit claims Robinson was a slacker and binge-watched "Friends" while on the job. 

WCBS880.com contributed to this report.