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Robert De Niro discriminated against and harassed female employee, according to new lawsuit: 'Took a page out of the Bill O'Reilly playbook'

The former employee is seeking $12 million

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Graham Chase Robinson, a former aide to actor Robert De Niro, is suing her former employer for his allegedly sexist behavior.

Robinson's lawsuit, filed in New York district court, is seeking $12 million.

What are the details?

Robinson says that De Niro made her his "office wife" and engaged in inappropriate conduct. The suit accuses the actor of gender discrimination, harassment, unwanted physical conduct, and being verbally abusive, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Robinson's suit also says that the award-winning actor "took a page out of the Bill O'Reilly playbook" in his dealings with her.

Interestingly enough, De Niro himself filed a suit against Robinson in August for $6 million, alleging that she embezzled money from the actor's production company, Canal Productions, and wasted time while employed as the vice president of production and finance. De Niro's suit against Robinson seeks $3 million in damages for his former employee's "disloyalty and violation or the faithless servant doctrine," as well as an additional $3 million in damages for funds and assets "misappropriated" by Robinson while employed at Canal.

Robinson's suit claims: "For many, the 'good old days' were really the bad old days. Sexism and sex stereotyping were commonplace, and a patriarchal sensibility was pervasive among the nation's powerbrokers. Robert De Niro is someone who has clung to old mores. He does not accept the idea that men should treat women as equals. He does not care that gender discrimination in the workplace violates the law. Ms. Robinson is a casualty of this attitude."

Neither De Niro's attorney nor a representative for Canal Productions have commented on Robinson's yet, the Page Six reported.

According to the suit, De Niro reportedly referred to Robinson as a "bitch" and a "brat." Some of her more matronly duties, according to the suit, included responsibilities to "scratch his back, button his shirts, fix his collars, tie his ties, and prod him awake when he was in bed."

Robinson also alleges that she frequently threatened to resign, but De Niro would always coerce her into staying through opportunities or the threat of repercussions.

"De Niro took a page out of the Bill O'Reilly playbook. Before Ms. Robinson could sue, De Niro retaliated. He had Canal sue Ms. Robinson in New York County Supreme Court and ensured that the suit would be widely publicized," the suit adds. "The lawsuit is replete with 'clickbait' allegations that falsely characterize Ms. Robinson as a loafer, a thief, and a miscreant. Now, when her name is Googled, these allegations pop up on the screen. The results have been devastating to Ms. Robinson. Her reputation and her career have been destroyed."

The suit also includes a voicemail purported to be from De Niro.

An irate-sounding caller can be heard saying, "You f***ing don't answer my calls? How dare you! You're about to be fired. You're f***ing history. ... How dare you f***ing disrespect me."

(Content warning: Rough language)

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