Posted December 17th, 2019.
‘The Irishman’ actor allegedly went ballistic on the woman in an expletive-laced voicemail
By Stephanie Pagones FOX Business
The woman who sued Robert De Niro for workplace gender discrimination has filed a motion seeking to have “The Irishman” star’s lawsuit against her dismissed, court papers show.
Graham Chase Robinson is asking a New York Supreme Court judge to drop a lawsuit filed by one of de Niro’s production companies, Canal Productions, Inc., in August, or to put the case on hold until her own case against the longtime actor and political firebrand is handled.
In court papers filed late Monday, Robinson’s legal team argued “that Canal’s preemptive strike was an act of unlawful retaliation” and called the film company’s request for $6 million in relief “clearly excessive,” one of her spokespersons said.
“Canal’s lawsuit against Ms. Robinson is retaliatory and abusive, and it should not be allowed to proceed,” said one of Robinson’s attorneys, Alexandra Harwin, on Tuesday.
Representatives for De Niro did not immediately respond to FOX Business’ request for comment.
Robinson slammed the 76-year-old actor with a suit in October claiming he harassed her and discriminated against her for being a woman – then retaliated against her when she told him of her plans to take legal action.
She was 25 years old when she started with the company in 2008 and worked with De Niro until April 2019. During her tenure, she rose through the ranks from executive assistant to director of productions and vice president of production and finance.
“Ms. Robinson has no choice but … to send him a message: the Harvey Weinsteins of this world should realize their approach is extinct. You can no longer intimidate women. You can no longer threaten them,” her other attorney, Jeremy Heisler, told FOX Business at the time.
Robinson said the Hollywood star treated her like his “office wife,” the October lawsuit states, and often went ballistic on her.
In one example, De Niro allegedly called her a “spoiled brat” in an explicit voicemail when she did not answer his phone call, according to the suit.
“How dare you f—— disrespect me?” he said in the voicemail, according to the suit, and also told her: “You’re f—— history.”
De Niro’s attorney, Tom Harvey, dismissed the claims at the time, saying: “The allegations made by Graham Chase Robinson against Robert De Niro are beyond absurd.”
Robinson’s team said once De Niro learned his former employee was taking legal action, the multimillionaire struck first and filed a $6 million lawsuit of his own in August 2019 under his company name, Canal Productions, accusing the former employee of stealing hundreds of thousands of company dollars before suddenly resigning. The suit also alleges Robinson lied to get paid for 96 unused vacation days and in one instance watched 55 episodes of “Friends” on Netflix during work hours.
According to the lawsuit filed by Canal Productions, she was paid a salary of more than $175,000 in 2017, more than $225,000 in 2018 and $300,000 in 2019.