Robert De Niro Launches Lawsuit Against Ex-Employee for Money Embezzlement

Carla Harmon
August 22, 2019

Canal Productions alleges she spent "astronomical amounts of time" binging Netflix shows, and that in January she watched 55 episodes of Friends, all while ordering nearly US$20,000 worth of food and US$32,000 on Ubers and Taxis on the old company card.

The lawsuit claims she spent lavishly on personal expenses, used De Niro's airline points for personal travel and rarely came to the office.

According to the filing, Robinson was making an annual salary of $300,000 while working for Canal, and she "abruptly resigned" from her position via email on April 6, 2019. Perhaps she was trying to get as many episodes in before it leaves Netflix and she has to pay for an HBO subscription.

The suit alleges that Robinson made $12,696.65 in unauthorized charges at Paola's over a two-year period, in addition to $8,923.20 at Dean and Deluca and Whole Foods, and $32,000 for Ubers and taxis.

Over another four-day period in March, she allegedly watched 20 episodes of "Arrested Development" and 10 episodes of "Schitt's Creek".

According to Variety, the loan-out company has accused Chase Robinson, ex-vice president of production and finance, of spending "astronomical amounts of time" binge-watching Friends, dropping thousands of dollars at expensive hotels and restaurants, and using De Niro's own frequent flyer miles to book personal travel. She left the company in April, amid growing concerns about alleged "corporate sabotage", the suit states.

According to People, De Niro's company is seeking no less than $3 million for her "disloyalty and violation of the faithless servant doctrine" and no less than $3 million in damages for the "funds and property misappropriated by Defendant during her employment". It also states that Robinson drafted a recommendation letter for herself, but the Meet the Parents actor refused to reward her TV show and banking preferences, and did not sign it.

De Niro also has Killers Of The Flower Moon and After Exile in pre-production and the just announced Untitled De Niro/Ramirez/Jakubowicz Project.

As for De Niro, he's about to be seen in The Irishman, a film that sees him reunited with director Martin Scorsese.

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