EXCLUSIVE: Robert De Niro's ex-assistant receives text calling her 'disgusting ... trends now

EXCLUSIVE: Robert De Niro's ex-assistant receives text calling her 'disgusting ... trends now
EXCLUSIVE: Robert De Niro's ex-assistant receives text calling her 'disgusting ... trends now

EXCLUSIVE: Robert De Niro's ex-assistant receives text calling her 'disgusting ... trends now

Robert De Niro's former assistant has received a text calling her a 'disgusting little beast' amid their fiery civil trial - and her lawyer believes it was sent by one of the star's children. 

Representing Graham Chase Robinson, Attorney Andrew Macurdy read the angry message aloud to Manhattan Federal Court Monday morning before jurors were brought in. 

'The message read: "You disgusting little beast,' Macurdy said. 'You have nothing better to do with your pathetic life than destroy an 80 year-old man's life...

'Hopefully you and your family will suffer as you have made others suffer."' 

Robinson, 41, was also branded a 'scumbag' in the abusive screed, which came a week into the sensational civil suit which has made headlines around the world.  

Graham Chase Robinson arrives at Manhattan Federal Court Monday. Before jurors were brought in, her lawyer told the court she'd received an abusive text shortly before the hearing began - and suggested it may have been sent by one of her former employer Robert De Niro's children

Graham Chase Robinson arrives at Manhattan Federal Court Monday. Before jurors were brought in, her lawyer told the court she'd received an abusive text shortly before the hearing began - and suggested it may have been sent by one of her former employer Robert De Niro's children 

The lawyer speaking on behalf of Robinson, who is suing De Niro for gender discrimination, said the text had come from an unknown number. 

But he flagged an iPhone feature which shows a possible identity for an unknown sender - and said the suggested name was that of one of De Niro's children. 

The suspected sender was not named. De Niro has seven children by four women. 

De Niro's lawyer Richard Schoenstein said his team had 'no idea' where the text had come from.

He added: 'Certainly we will instruct our clients not to contact the plaintiff.' 

Judge Lewis J Limon didn't take any further action in response to the text allegations. He said: 'Earlier we received some emails which were very derogatory about Mr De Niro… unfortunately this case has attracted a lot of attention.' 

The Taxi Driver star was not in court to hear that one of his offspring had been accused of abusing Robinson. DailyMail.com has contacted his rep for comment.

Monday's shocking revelation came before the eight jurors hearing the civil case were seated to see Robinson's cross-examination continue.

De Niro is pictured leaving court last Thursday. Robinson, his former executive assistant, has sued him for $12 million alleging sexual discrimination and retaliation. He denies those allegations and has counter-sued Robinson for $6 million

De Niro is pictured leaving court last Thursday. Robinson, his former executive assistant, has sued him for $12

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