Robert De Niro's production company is ordered to pay ex-assistant Graham Chase ... trends now

Robert De Niro's production company is ordered to pay ex-assistant Graham Chase ... trends now
Robert De Niro's production company is ordered to pay ex-assistant Graham Chase ... trends now

Robert De Niro's production company is ordered to pay ex-assistant Graham Chase ... trends now

Robert De Niro's former assistant has scored a stunning $1.2 million payout after winning her sexism and retaliation lawsuit against the actor's production company.

Graham Chase Robinson, 41, was awarded two identical damages payments of $632,142.96 for gender discrimination and retaliation after De Niro's Canal Pictures was found liable Thursday evening. 

The sum was equivalent to her salary for the four years she has been out of work, since she parted ways with De Niro. She has been unable to find a new job, despite applying for over 600 roles. 

Robinson's win is a sizeable one, but falls far-short of the $12 million damages she originally sought. De Niro counter-sued her for $6 million over air miles she took, but Robinson was found not liable for those allegations. 

Robinson was overcome with emotion and on the verge of tears following the jury's verdict.

She attempted to hold it together as the seven jurors were discharged and walked out of the courtroom, but flashed a huge smile at them.

Robinson then embraced her attorneys and began thanking them for their work, and they all congratulated each other on the victory.

Graham Chase Robinson is pictured outside court on Tuesday, before her $12million lawsuit against former employer Robert De Niro concluded

Graham Chase Robinson is pictured outside court on Tuesday, before her $12million lawsuit against former employer Robert De Niro concluded  

The verdict came after five hours of deliberations by a jury of four women and three men at Manhattan Federal Court. An eighth juror called in sick Thursday morning.

Chase Robinson worked for Canal, but was essentially De Niro's fixer between 2008 and 2019 and earned a salary of $300,000 by the time of her resignation. 

Her former boss was not found personally liable for claims of gender discrimination or retaliation, although Robinson's allegations all centered on his bad behavior. 

She said he repeatedly branded her a 'bitch' and asked her for back-scratches, behavior she branded 'creepy', through sobs on the witness stand. 

Jurors did not explain why Canal was found liable but De Niro was not. Canal will likely also have to pay Chase Robinson's hefty legal fees. 

David Sanford, Robinson's lawyer, said they were 'delighted'.

'We are delighted that the jury saw what we saw and returned a verdict in Chase Robinson's favor against Robert De Niro's company, Canal Productions,' said Sanford. 

'Not only did Ms Robinson win her case against Canal but the jury completely vindicated Ms Robinson by finding De Niro's claims against her to be without merit.' 

Robinson was in court for Thursday's verdict but De Niro wasn't. He was spotted in the courthouse late on Wednesday during closing arguments and gave evidence on October 31. 

The Taxi Driver star, 80, was accused of being an abusive boss in the bombshell trial heard by eight jurors at Manhattan Federal Court.

Jurors were sent out just before noon local time on Thursday, after listening to a week-and-a-half of evidence in the case brought by Robinson.

The iconic actor denied losing his temper at Robinson - but did just that in court, screaming: 'Shame on you, Chase Robinson!' last week, before apologizing. 

The most jaw-dropping claims saw Robinson brand her former boss of 'creepy' and 'disgusting' requests for back-scratches. 

Sobbing as she spoke on November 3, Robinson said: 'I mentioned there was a back scratcher he could use instead. He said 'I prefer the way you do it'.

'It was creepy, just disgusting.'

The actor insisted there was nothing untoward or sexist about this and that his requests did not constitute gender discrimination.

Robinson also claimed De Niro had branded her a 'bitch' two or three times during her 11 years working for him.

She said he accused her of acting 'like a little bitch' after a fire broke out at his NYC townhouse.

Robinson said the slur was deployed again in December 2017, when De Niro lashed out after being unable to find Christmas presents at his home.

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