Robert de Niro claims ex-assistant used his frequent flyer miles worth $300,000 and paid for dog-sitting, Pilates classes and private hotel rooms using company credit card, according to new court docs in $6million lawsuit
Robert de Niro has claimed his ex-assistant used his frequent flyer miles worth $300,000 and paid for dog-sitting, Pilates classes and hotels using a company credit card, according to new court documents.
The actor, 78, is suing Graham Chase Robinson for $6 million, claiming she helped herself to cash in a four-year spending spree while working for his company Canal Productions.
Robinson has launched her own legal action against de Niro which seeks $12 million in damages, alleging that the Raging Bull star was verbally abusive, made ‘sexually charged comments,’ and subjected her to ‘unwanted physical contact.’
In newly-filed court documents obtained by RadarOnline, de Niro has included a 2019 letter from his lawyer to his ex-employee who had worked her way up from personal assistant to Vice President of Production and Finance.
‘I was asked to respond to your recent emails addressed to Bob. Please note that Bob does not wish to communicate with you. As such, please direct correspondence regarding this matter to me,’ the letter states.
Robert De Niro as ‘Frank ‘The Irishman’ Sheeran on the set of The Irishman on September 21, 2017 in New York City (left) and his ex-assistant Graham Chase Robinson
It went on to accuse Robinson of using the company American Express card to buy food, Uber trips, dog sitting, groceries, cameras, iPhones, Pilates classes, dry-cleaning, and flowers, and also alleged she had ‘helped’ herself to petty cash.
The former staff member was also accused of having converted over 7 million Delta SkyMiles over a two-year period, using three million for personal travel and transferring an additional 4.5 million to a personal account.
The letter also claimed Robinson improperly used Canal’s credit cards to buy taxis and cover her food costs while on vacation in London, and alleged she charged $2,600 for a stay at the Montage Hotel on a trip to Los Angeles, as well as $156 for dinner at Nobu, $604 on a second meal at the upmarket eatery, $729 on a rental car and several hundred dollars more on cabs, despite having the rented vehicle at her disposal.
Robinson has denied she improperly used the credit cards and calls into question whether she made all the purchases mentioned.
In her own lawsuit accusing de Niro of gender discrimination, Robinson claims that the actor only launched his legal action to premeditate hers.
‘De Niro was enraged at the prospect of Ms. Robinson bringing a lawsuit challenging his behavior. So, he retaliated and struck first,’ the complaint says.
In her own court documents, she alleged the Casino actor forced her to endure a toxic workplace where he branded her a ‘b****’ and spoke to her in a ‘hostile, abusive and intimidating manner.’
The actor has previously branded the lawsuit ‘completely absurd.’
But in a 2012 voicemail leaked last year De Niro can be heard shouting at Robinson, calling her a ‘spoiled brat,’ saying ‘how dare you f***ing disrespect me,’ and threatening her, saying ‘you’re f***ing history.’
Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro and Bruce Springsteen attend The National Board of Review Annual Awards Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street on January 08, 2020 in New York City
She claims such behavior wasn’t unusual for the iconic actor, who is alleged to have abused his employee on multiple occasions.
‘It was a routine occurrence for Mr. De Niro, when intoxicated, to call Ms. Robinson — to call her names, to berate her, to curse at her,’ her lawyer Alexandra Harwin told Fox Business in January 2020.
Harwin also alleged that Robinson ‘was asked to do things that her male colleagues were never asked to do, like scratch Mr. De Niro’s back, button his buttons, tie his ties.’
The lawsuit also states that she was directed to wake him when he was in bed and imagine him on the toilet.
Both lawsuits are ongoing.