Robert De Niro Slapped With Gender Discrimination Lawsuit
Robert De Niro's former assistant filed the complaint against the actor stating that he made demands from her that he wouldn't request from the male employees
Much like Bollywood, Hollywood is also home to some of the biggest legends of the cinematic history. One such star is Robert De Niro, who started his career in 1968 and since then, went on to star in some of the hit films of all times. He was a part of Mean Streets, Goodfellas, Cape Fear, The Intern, however, his big break came from 1976's Taxi Driver, in which he essayed the iconic Travis Bickle. Having spent over 5 decades in the film industry, Robert is a force to be reckoned with. But just because he is a good performer, does not mean that he can get away with any accusations thrown at him.
The veteran actor has just been slapped with a gender discrimination lawsuit filed by his former assistant, Graham Robinson. The lawsuit claimed that he Robert hurled "abusive and sexist comments" towards her while often engaging in inappropriate conduct, including unwanted physical contact. It also alleged that the actor shorted her on overtime pay. According to the lawsuit which seeks $12 million in damages, "Graham eventually quit because she could no longer endure the hostile work environment." Graham's lawyer, Alexandra Harwin added, "Robert made demands of Graham that he never imposed on males. His treatment towards Graham was inappropriate, demeaning, abusive, and intolerable, and he needs to be held accountable."
On the other hand, Robert's attorney, Tom Harvey ridiculed the claims. He said, "The allegations made by Graham against Robert are beyond absurd." Additional information reveals that Graham's lawsuit comes 2 months after Robert's production, Canal Productions sued the former assistant. The claim accused her of "misappropriating hundreds of thousands of dollars for personal expenses on Canal’s American Express card, converting millions of frequent flyer miles belonging to the company for her personal use, improperly reimbursing herself for personal and luxury items and submitting false information in order to be paid for 96 days of unused vacation". It also mentioned that she “loafed during working hours, binge-watching astounding hours of TV shows".