Robert De Niro Brought Accusations Against Ex-Employee to Manhattan D.A.
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Robert De Niro is still in the middle of a legal battle with ex-employee Graham Chase Robinson, who was once vice president of the actor company Canal Productions.
In August 2019, De Niro initially sued Robinson for $ 6 million, accusing her of "violating her fiduciary duty". Robinson followed suit in October 2019 with a counterclaim for harassment and gender discrimination. The two went back and forth as to which lawsuit was the source and where it should be argued - in a state or federal court.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, De Niro has now brought his allegations to Manhattan prosecutors in hopes of bringing charges against his former employee. Gregory Bennett, De Niro's attorney, told the federal judge he was ready to file counterclaims, saying that Robinson “could not possibly point to facts that support a plausible argument that the immediate motion is useless, was inappropriately delayed in bad faith or would lead to any prejudice. "
Robinson's attorney, Alexandra Harwin, responded to the counterclaims saying they were "typically malicious" and just another example of retaliation.
"Documents apparently received from defendants by the Manhattan Attorney's Office showed cases by Canal where entire fee books were misrepresented as improper expenses when such fees were in fact bona fide work-related expenses," Harwin wrote. “For example, Canal accused Ms. Robinson of wrongly spending thousands of dollars on flowers, but documents reflect that these were purchases for the Canal Office, Mr. De Niro's apartment, parties and events that Mr. De Niro was hosting and at Mr. De occupied Niro's productions and other legitimate purchases for defendants. "
Harwin continued, "After examining the dispersion and inadequate basis of Canal's claims against Ms. Robinson and interviewing Mr. De Niro himself, the Manhattan Attorney's Office closed its investigation and declined to bring charges against Ms. Robinson. "
De Niro's original lawsuit alleged that Robinson spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on the company's credit card, acquired frequent flyer miles, and watched an "astounding" number of hours of Netflix shows on the job. Robinson's counterclaim accused De Niro of being verbally abused, "making sexually charged comments about her," and more. Then, in January 2020, De Niro made allegations that Robinson tried to blackmail him before filing his first lawsuit.
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