Having the status of a veteran actor to his name, Robert De Niro has found himself in quite the controversy in recent times. With his former assistant walking out of De Niro’s production company Canal Productions, the actor faced a lawsuit.
Robert De Niro’s former assistant Graham Chase Robinson worked for the veteran actor from 2008 to 2019. Working in various positions through the years, Chase Robinson won the trial against her former boss for gender discrimination and sexist remarks!
Robert De Niro Lost A Case Against His Former Assistant!
Graham Chase Robinson joined Canal Productions back in 2008. Being an assistant to Robert De Niro, Chase Robinson worked her way up the ladder and became the vice president of production and finance.
Robinson accused De Niro of assigning her domestic duties like making her wash his sheets and buttoning his shirts. Filing charges against the actor, Graham Chase Robinson sued the actor for $12 million. The case finally closed down when the jury in New York awarded Chase Robinson with $1.26 million. Reports tell us that Robert De Niro wasn’t found personally liable in the case.
On the contrary, De Niro is said to be a great company. His co-star Joe Pesci talked about how De Niro taught him to stab a guy. Working on the sets of the 1990 film Goodfellas, Robert De Niro had a sense of how a knife would act if it went through the rib cage.
Robert De Niro Taught Joe Pesci How To Use A Knife
Starring alongside Joe Pesci in the 1990 film Goodfellas, Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci had quite a great time working together. During his speech at the AFI Life Achievement Award, Pesci revealed that he owed De Niro quite a lot.
“I owe Mr. De Niro a lot, probably a lot more than most people. He was very very generous… I mean, I was on Goodfellas, which we’ll be seeing shortly. I was stabbing Frank Vincent in the trunk very viciously and enjoying it.”
He further continued,
“[De Niro] Bob kept looking at me; I felt his presence staring at me. And I looked at him and said, ‘What’s the matter? He said, ‘nothing’. I said, ‘If you don’t tell me what it is, I am going to stab you with the knife and he said, ‘I think you’re going too fast with the knife. You could never get it in and out of the ribs that quickly’.”
With De Niro’s side losing the case, Graham Chase Robinson was awarded $1.26 million. De Niro’s claims of Robinson stealing several million dollars on frequent-flyer miles were also discarded and Robinson walked out of the court freely.