Robert De Niro: Actor’s company must pay former assistant $1.2m
Robert De Niro’s company must pay a former employee $1.2m over claims of gender discrimination and retaliation.
The US actor and his former employee Graham Chase Robinson have been in a years-long battle following her resignation from Canal Productions.
Robinson had sued for $12m, alleging she was abused, demeaned, underpaid and treated like De Niro’s “office wife.”
But jurors did not find the actor personally liable in the civil trial.
Robinson was on De Niro’s payroll for 11 years.
She quit in 2019 and sued for “emotional distress and reputational harm”, claiming the actor often made “vulgar, inappropriate and gendered comments” and assigned her “stereotypically female” tasks.
Canal Productions countersued for $6m accusing her of misusing office funds, stealing company property and transferring more than $450,000 in airline miles to her personal account.
But after eight days, the jury did not find Robinson liable for any of Canal’s financial misconduct claims.