You may remember hearing a story a month or two ago about Robert De Niro suing his former employee, Graham Chase Robinson.
The 76-year-old actor sued her for $6 million for alleged embezzlement.
He claimed she used a credit card provided by his company to buy expensive lunches and also binge-watched 55 episodes of Friends over the course of four days.
Well, now Robinson is firing back with her own lawsuit, and she’s doubling De Niro’s amount. She’s suing the actor for a cool $12 million for alleged gender discrimination and wage violations.
She says she started working for the actor when she was 25 back in 2008. She started as an executive assistant. Eventually, she was promoted to his production company’s Vice President of Production and Finance.
But she claims she quit this past April because of De Niro’s continued inappropriate behavior.
Robinson claims that during the course of her job, he called her derogatory names such as ‘bitch’ and ‘brat,’ went on drunken tirades in which he ‘denigrated, berated, bullied, and hurled expletives’ at her, and made vulgar and inappropriate comments such as joking about his Viagra prescription, asking her to imagine him on the toilet, asking her to scratch his back or tie his ties, and suggesting she could get pregnant by using sperm from a married male coworker.
She also says he’d routinely meet her while wearing only a robe and directed her “to come to his bedroom to wake him up” and “to meet alone with him in empty apartments and hotel suites.”
She continues by saying he made “sexually-charged” comments to her during her time at his company.
Robinson claims she typically worked 11-hour days with no meal breaks and no overtime pay. She is seeking $12 million in damages, including back pay, front pay, compensatory damages, liquidated damages, and punitive damages.
It’s difficult to tell if this is just an angry employee who is mad about being called out, or if De Niro knew this was coming, and tried to make her look bad by putting out a lawsuit first.
We’ll keep you posted.