A jury found Robert De Niro’s production company liable for gender discrimination and retaliation after his former assistant accused the actor of abusive behavior.
Canal Productions must 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,” David Sanford, Chairman, Sanford Heisler Sharp, stated. “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.” (Trending: Supreme Court Dismisses Case To Keep Trump Off Ballot)
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The trial involved accusations from both parties, with De Niro apologizing for an outburst during his testimony.
Robinson stated that “my job at Productions 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.”
When asked about his requests for Robinson to scratch his back, De Niro pressed, “I don’t—she didn’t scratch it.”
“If she did, I said could you scratch it because I’m over here, one thing, I have an itch. Once. It is so ridiculous. It is every little thing she is trying to get on me.”
“It is like she implies that she is out in front of the building scrubbing the floors on her knees, washing it, and making sure that—this is nonsense. Come on.”
“OK. Twice? OK. OK, you got me. I don’t even know what you are talking about. I’m sorry, this is nonsense.”
“It never was with any disrespect or lewdness or any kind of weirdness that you are trying to imply. Shame on you, Chase Robinson.”
The case also involved accusations of improper use of company resources and retaliation.
Robinson, who worked for De Niro from 2008 to 2019, accused him of gender discrimination, while De Niro filed a $6 million suit against her.
The legal battle also involved testimony from Tiffany Chen, De Niro’s partner, who described Robinson as “mean-spirited.”
Robinson’s lawyer accused De Niro of inventing claims to ruin her client’s reputation.
“It is completely illegal for employers to retaliate against employees who complain about workplace discrimination,” Robinson’s lawyer Alexandra Harwin said.
“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.”