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HEAR IT: Robert De Niro Cusses Employee Out In Audio Recording: ‘You’re F***ing History’
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - OCTOBER 03: Rev. Al Sharpton's with Robert De Niro on stage at Rev. Al Sharpton's 65th Birthday Celebration at New York Public Library - Stephen A Schwartzman Building on October 03, 2019 in New York City.
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The misconduct allegations against actor Robert De Niro have taken a dramatic turn with the release of an audio recording in which he can be heard spewing expletives at a former employee, calling her a “f***ing spoiled brat,” among other profanity-laced insults.

“You’re living in Spain, and you’re f***ing upset with me because you tell me how nice you have it and you f***ing don’t answer my calls? How dare you. You’re about to be fired. You’re f***ing history,” the “Goodfellas” actor can be heard shouting into the phone. “How dare you. With all the good things you do. This is f***ing bad. How dare you f***ing disrespect me how much you did. Don’t be angry with me ’cause I’m pissed off ’cause I didn’t get a simple thing that I need right now here in California, where I’m here less than 24 hours, you gotta be f***ing kidding me, you spoilt brat!”

Robert De Niro was hit with a lawsuit in federal court by his former employee, Graham Chase Robinson, who accused him of “gratuitous unwanted physical contact” and making “sexually charged comments.”

“The lawsuit, filed in Federal District Court in Manhattan, escalates a legal battle between De Niro and the former employee, Graham Chase Robinson,” reported NBC News on Thursday. “De Niro’s company, Canal Productions, filed a lawsuit against Robinson in August, accusing her of ‘breaching her fiduciary duties,’ including running up expenses on a company card, and binge-watching shows on Netflix during work hours.”

Robinson claims De Niro engaged in numerous forms of sexual and professional improprieties while under his employment, which included asking her to scratch his back, button his shirts, wash his bedsheets, and vacuum his apartment. On top of that, Robinson claims that De Niro would often verbally abuse her while intoxicated, demeaning her with words like “b*tch,” “brat,” or similarly “vulgar, inappropriate, and gendered comments.” She also alleges that he specifically violated the Equal Pay Act by underpaying her wage based solely on her gender, allegedly implying once “that a male breadwinner deserved more pay.”

“Robert De Niro is someone who has clung to old mores,” reads the complaint. “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.”

Robinson’s attorney, Jeremy Heisler, told FOX Business that she joined his production company in hopes of growing under his employment, but was instead abused by him.

“She joined as an idealistic young woman who hoped to advance in the film industry have her own production company, but instead of giving their challenging assignments and giving her duties that match her titles, he demeaned her, treated her as … [an] object — as a woman and therefore his possession,” continues the complaint.

When Robinson would threaten to resign, De Niro allegedly threatened her with “repercussions.”

“And given De Niro’s power, she was intimidated because she was afraid he might ruin any future career. Finally, she couldn’t take it anymore and she resigned in April 2018,” said Heisler.

De Niro’s attorney, Tom Harvey, said that Robinson’s allegations against the actor were “beyond absurd.”