Robert De Niro’s longtime employee is demanding the federal lawsuit in which he accused her of embezzling company money be thrown out.
As we previously reported, last year, De Niro and his company Canal Productions sued Robinson demanding $6 million in damages. Robinson started working for De Niro in 2008 and eventually worked her way up to Vice President of Production and Finance within the company.
She was pulling in $300k a year before resigning in 2019. De Niro accused his ex-assistant of embezzling company money and using work time to binge-watch shows on Netflix.
His suit said Robinson watched 55 episodes of Friends while on the clock. He also believes she used the company credit card to make expensive personal purchases at hotels. De Niro says Robinson also used his frequent flyer miles without permission.
In response, Robinson sued De Niro for gender discrimination accusing him of forcing her to endure a toxic workplace full of inappropriate comments.
She accuses him of speaking to her in a “hostile, abusive, and intimidating manner” and previously called her a “bitch.” Robinson denies the claims she used the company credit card to rack up purchases.
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She says the card was used by various employees and there is no way to prove she used it at fancy hotels. Robinson is demanding $12 million in damages.
In newly filed documents, Robinson denies embezzling De Niro’s lawsuit or spending hours watching Netflix at work. She says Canal Productions suffered no damages as a result of any alleged act by her and instead claims any damages they suffered were due to “contributory negligence.”
Robinson says if the court does find Canal is owed money it should be offset by the millions, she believes they owe her. She also claims they approved of all the actions they now complain about in the lawsuit.
Further, she calls the claims “frivolous” and says they were brought in bad faith. She is demanding the entire suit be dismissed calling it nothing more than “retaliation” against her.