Robert De Niro: Company Files $6 Million Lawsuit Against Ex-Employee
Robert De Niro’s company has filed a $6 million lawsuit against a former employee.
Canal Productions, a company loan-out company owned by Robert, has accused Chase Robinson of binge-watching Netflix during working hours.
In 2008, Chase was hired as an assistant to Robert and was then promoted to vice president of production and finance with her salary rising to $300,000. In April, she left the company amid concerns over alleged “corporate sabotage,”
The lawsuit accuses Chase of racking up costly hotel and restaurant bills and using millions of frequent flyer miles for personal trips that belonged to Robert.
Canal also claims she rarely came into the office, and when she did, she spent “astronomical amounts of time” watching Netflix during working hours — specifying that she allegedly watched 55 episodes of Friends over a four-day period.
The company say alongside a four-day Friends binge, she spent another four days in March watching 20 episodes of Arrested Development and 10 episodes of Schitt’s Creek.
Robert’s company say in the lawsuit that “Watching shows on Netflix was not in any way part of or related to the duties and responsibilities of Robinson’s employment and, on information and belief, was done for her personal entertainment, amusement and pleasure at times when she was being paid to work,”
Chase allegedly made $12,696.65 in unauthorised charges at Paola’s Restaurant in a two-year period plus $8,923.20 at Dean and Deluca and Whole Foods — adding that $32,000 was also spent on Uber rides and taxis.
Finalising the lawsuit, when Chase sent her resignation email in April, she allegedly called her spending issues as “ridiculous.” and even drafted a recommendation letter for herself but Robert refused to sign it.
It seems Chase is up Schitt’s Creek without a paddle.
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