Tuesday, April 23, 2024

You Talkin’ to Me? Jury Rules Robert De Niro WAS Talking, Badly, to Assistant, Awards Her $1.2 Million


A NY Jury has ruled that Robert De Niro’s film company has to give his former assistant $1.2 million.

The jury awarded the money to Graham Chase Robinson for verbal abuse and demeaning in general. It’s De Niro’s film company, Canal Productions, and not the actor who is liable. Their insurance company will probably be on the hook for the money.

De Niro actually sued Robinson first, accusing her of racking up thousands of dollars worth of personal expenses on the company card, booking flights using company miles and watching hours upon hours of Netflix while on the clock.

Robinson, by the time she left, was making $300,000.

She sued De Niro for $12 million gender discrimination and retaliation. She claimed that he urinated during phone calls with her, would make her scratch his back, and called her names like “bitch” among other allegations. De Niro has denied everything but eventually conceded he might have called her the name.

How things have changed! Many many years ago I worked for a man who called his junior publicist names and threw snow boots at her. Later I worked for a woman who sat without underwear under a glass desk just to throw off employees and guests. A woman I worked for at Random House smoked pot and slept on her couch. Another woman at Random House used a clairvoyant as an advisor. In the old days, you just quit and found another job. Now you can sue for all these things!

De Niro came off badly in the trial, but in the end it does nothing to his legacy. He’s a great actor, with Oscars and nominations, who everyone wants to work with. Graham Chase Robinson will give a third of the payout to her lawyer and pay 50% to the government. There will be enough left for lunch at Michael’s!

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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