Former De Niro employee sues 'to send a message,' attorney says

Niro at the world premiere

She also claims that De Niro had her "scratch his back, button his shirts, fix his collars, tie his ties, and prod him awake when he was in bed".

In addition to the allegations of non-consensual touching and inappropriate comments, Robinson accused De Niro of verbal abuse, treating her as an "office wife" and delegating to her "stereotypically female duties like housework".

De Niro sued Robinson in August accusing her of embezzling thousands of dollars and wasting dozens of hours watching TV during work hours.

But in her own $12-million lawsuit, filed in NY federal court Thursday, Robinson, 37, alleged that De Niro, 76, discriminated against her because she is a woman, among other violations of NY human rights and labor laws.

De Niro's suit against Robinson accused her of racking up extensive restaurant and hotel charges and using the Taxi Driver actor's frequent flyer miles for her personal trips.

She wrote: "The lawsuit is replete with "clickbait" allegations that falsely characterise Ms Robinson as a loafer, a thief, and a miscreant". So, he retaliated and struck first.

Instead, De Niro allegedly gave her "unwanted physical contact", and made unwanted "sexually charged" comments, court papers show.

"The results have been devasting to Ms. Robinson". He claimed she used a credit card provided by his company to buy expensive lunches and also binge-watched 55 episodes of Friends over the course of four days.

"Ms. Robinson has no choice send him a message: the Harvey Weinsteins of this world should realize their approach is extinct. The lawsuit concocted false allegations created to inhibit Ms. Robinson from pursuing her claims, destroy her reputation, and obliterate her job prospects". "Given De Niro's prominence in the entertainment industry, he had the power to carry out his threats".

Robinson says she submitted her resignation in April and her legal representation told De Niro's team that she was contemplating a lawsuit regarding De Niro's alleged discrimination and wage violations.

In her filing, Robinson claims that weeks before De Niro sued her, she had communicated through her lawyer that she had "claims of sex discrimination, sexual stereotyping, hostile work environment, and retaliation under, inter alia, the New York Human Rights Law, the New York Labor Law, and the Fair Labor Standards Act" and "made clear that she was willing to pursue these claims through litigation".

The actor also allegedly "urinated during telephone calls" with Robinson and would greet her wearing only his "pajamas or a bathrobe", the suit says.

Robert De Niro attends the Comedy Central Roast of Alec Baldwin at Saban Theatre on September 07, 2019, in Beverly Hills, California.

It said the company "seeks economic damages from a disloyal employee who, despite being in a trusted position, repeatedly and methodically abused her position to misappropriate her employer's funds and property for her personal gain".

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