Robert De Niro’s former assistant has acquired a textual content calling her a ‘disgusting little beast’ amid their fiery civil trial – and her lawyer believes it was despatched by one of many star’s youngsters.
Representing Graham Chase Robinson, Lawyer Andrew Macurdy learn the offended message aloud to Manhattan Federal Court docket Monday morning earlier than jurors had been introduced in.
‘The message learn: “You disgusting little beast,’ Macurdy stated. ‘You don’t have anything higher to do together with your pathetic life than destroy an 80 year-old man’s life…
Robinson, 41, was additionally branded a ‘scumbag’ within the abusive screed, which got here every week into the sensational civil swimsuit which has made headlines world wide.
Graham Chase Robinson arrives at Manhattan Federal Court docket Monday. Earlier than jurors had been introduced in, her lawyer informed the court docket she’d acquired an abusive textual content shortly earlier than the listening to started – and steered it could have been despatched by certainly one of her former employer Robert De Niro’s youngsters
Longtime assistant Robinson is suing De Niro for $12 million in damages, alleging gender discrimination. The Oscar-winning actor has denied the accusations and counter-sued for $6 million, claiming Robinson misused firm advantages.
As their trial resumed on Monday, Robinson’s lawyer Macurdy stated the explosive textual content she acquired shortly earlier than taking to the stand once more this week had come from an unknown quantity.
However he flagged an iPhone function which reveals a potential id for nameless senders – and stated the steered identify was that of certainly one of De Niro’s youngsters.
The suspected sender was not named. De Niro has seven youngsters by 4 girls.
De Niro’s lawyer Richard Schoenstein stated his workforce had ‘no thought’ the place the textual content had come from.
‘Actually we’ll instruct our shoppers to not contact the plaintiff,’ he added.
Decide Lewis J Limon did not take any additional motion in response to the textual content allegations, saying the court docket had additionally acquired proof of emails which had been ‘very derogatory about Mr De Niro’.
‘Sadly this case has attracted loads of consideration,’ he stated.
The Taxi Driver star was not in court docket to listen to that certainly one of his offspring had been accused of abusing Robinson. DailyMail.com has contacted his representatives for remark.
Monday’s surprising revelation got here earlier than the eight jurors listening to the civil case had been seated to see the resumption of Robinson’s cross-examination.
De Niro is pictured leaving court docket final Thursday. Robinson, his former govt assistant, has sued him for $12 million alleging sexual discrimination and retaliation. He denies these allegations and has counter-sued Robinson for $6 million
De Niro erupted in rage at Robinson on the stand final week, shrieking ‘Disgrace on you,’ regardless of denying he’d ever shouted at her
Robinson beforehand painted an image of De Niro as a creepy boss who made her scratch his again and who would scream abuse at her.
The Killers of the Flower Moon star denies the allegations and claims Robinson stole 5 million air miles from his firm account – Canal Productions – simply earlier than she left in April 2019.
Final week De Niro denied claims he was an abusive boss, solely to scream at Robinson throughout the court docket moments later, screeching: ‘Disgrace on you, Chase Robinson!’
The actor subsequently apologized.
Robinson started working for Canal in 2008, having began out as an govt assistant on a wage of $75,000, however finally rose to the position of vice chairman of manufacturing and finance, on a $300,000 wage on the time of her departure in April 2019.
Throughout Monday’s listening to she admitted that she was the one employees member within the Canal Productions workplace who earned greater than $100,000.
The court docket was additionally informed of different perks loved by Robinson, together with $15,000 bonuses, a protracted with lavish Christmas and birthday presents which included an eight-day vacation to Hawaii in 2018.
Robinson had 23 days annual vacation and paid sick go away, alongside days off when Canal’s New York workplace was closed, which it typically was on Fridays, the court docket heard.
De Niro’s lawyer Schoenstein confirmed jurors receipts detailing how Robinson had transferred 999,000 of the actor’s air miles to her personal account on 4 separate events between January and March 2019.
De Niro is pictured in Manhattan November 3. Robinson’s case in opposition to him continues
She is claimed to have used these 4 million miles – in addition to one other million which haven’t been itemized – on journey to London, Glasgow, Spain, Los Angeles and New York, often flying enterprise class.
Schoenstein quizzed Robinson over whether or not she understood that the miles had been supposed just for work journey, however she answered: ‘That isn’t right’.
Robinson claimed the journey freebies had been permitted ‘compensation’ among the many verbally-agreed phrases of her employment.
On Friday, she broke down in tears whereas recalling the ‘creepy’ and ‘disgusting’ second the Hollywood icon requested her to scratch his again.
Robinson says the request made her really feel ‘bodily uncomfortable’ and claims De Niro says he requested her to rub him as a result of he most popular ‘the way in which you do it.’
De Niro scoffed on the back-scratching declare and different assertions, saying he at all times handled Robinson with respect and by no means with ‘disrespect or lewdness.’
The case continues.