Robert De Niro routinely subjected his longtime employee to a creepy and abusive behavior by threatening their voicemails, "They're in History," and they called "slut" and "brat," an explosive new charge.
Graham Chase Robinson says she was the victim of "inadvertent physical contact" by the Academy Award winner for years, who also gave her "sexually charged comments" while working for his production company Canal Productions Inc.
Robinson's allegations against the "taxi driver" star are being raised in a lawsuit filed on Thursday in Manhattan federal court for gender-based discrimination and breaches of wages.
"In April, after moving up to Vice President of Production and Finance.
"Robert De Niro is someone who has stuck to ancient customs. He does not accept the idea that men should treat women as equals, "the lawsuit states. "He does not care that sex discrimination in the workplace violates the law. Mrs. Robinson is a victim of this attitude.
She claims that De Niro treated her as his "office wife" and made her perform "stereotypical female duties, such as housework," while she was underpaid and denied her overtime.
"talk on the phone" with Robinson and greet them only in "pajamas or bathrobe".
"Among other things, De Niro instructed Ms. Robinson to scratch her back, button his ties, and wake him up while he was in bed," the complaint adds. "De Niro also stood idly by while his friend beat Ms. Robinson on her buttocks."
Robinson said she had to endure De Niro's jokes about his Viagra recipe and instructed her to "introduce him to the toilet". De Niro suggested that Ms. Robinson be pregnant with the sperm of her (married) male co-worker, "the suit adds.
The suit also contains a link to a record of a devastating voicemail that De Niro Robinson allegedly had left with did not accept his call.
"You do not accept my calls? How dare you! You will be dismissed immediately. You are a king of history, "he assures.
De Niro and his production company sued Robinson for $ 6 million in August, accusing them of stealing cash and frequent flyer miles and quitting abruptly. Robinson claims, however, that the lawsuit was filed in retaliation – after she threatened to sue the actor first.
"De Niro was furious with the prospect that Ms. Robinson would file a lawsuit against his behavior," Robinson's complaint said. "So he retaliated and hit first."
Robinson claims she had considered pausing for a long time, but De Niro would exert his influence on her as one of Hollywood's best actors and tell her he would give her a "bad recommendation" if she were to go to court.
De Niro and Canal Productions representatives did not return the news immediately.