A former assistant to actor Robert De Niro has been awarded $1.2 million in a lawsuit accusing the 80-year-old Oscar winner of abusive and sexist behavior.
Though De Niro was not held liable in the jury’s final decision, after a two-week trial, his production company Canal Productions was ordered to pay Graham Chase Robinson $1.264 million in damages.
“We are delighted that the jury saw what we saw and returned a verdict in Chase Robinson’s favor against Robert De Niro’s company, Canal Productions,” attorney David Sanford, the chairman of Sanford Heisler Sharp, told Fox News Digital. “Not only did Ms. Robinson win her case against Canal, but the jury completely vindicated Ms. Robinson by finding De Niro’s claims against her to be without merit.”
According to Fox News:
Robinson, who worked for De Niro from 2008 to 2019, and the “Killers of the Flower Moon” actor were in court over the assistant’s lawsuit accusing De Niro of gender discrimination. Robinson alleged the actor repeatedly used “vulgar, inappropriate, and gendered comments” in addition to overworking and underpaying her in the $12 million lawsuit.
Before Robinson filed her 2019 lawsuit, De Niro filed his own. The $6 million suit accused her of improper use of the company credit card, watching TV on company time and stealing frequent-flier miles for personal trips.
Robinson accused her former boss of retaliation with his 2019 lawsuit, alleging that it was filed to “humiliate” her.
De Niro’s longtime assistant testified her job “kind of had been redirected to all of this gender female role where I was handling this housework and vacuuming and doing all of these things. … It had nothing to do with VP production of finance. That was incredibly demeaning and frustrating for me to deal with,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.
“It is completely illegal for employers to retaliate against employees who complain about workplace discrimination,” Robinson’s lawyer, Alexandra Harwin said in a previous statement to Fox News Digital. “But this is exactly what Robert De Niro did to Ms. Robinson, inventing claims to ruin her reputation and humiliate her because he knew she was going to expose his behavior.”
Robinson, who worked for the actor for 11 years, was cleared of the accusations against her.
“The jury saw what Ms. Robinson saw and completely vindicated her,” her attorney, Brent Hannafan, said. “We’re thrilled with the verdict. Ms. Robinson is thrilled with the verdict. She feels vindicated.”