Robert De Niro’s former assistant has scored a surprising $1.2 million payout after successful her sexism and retaliation lawsuit in opposition to the actor’s manufacturing firm.
Graham Chase Robinson, 41, was awarded two an identical damages funds of $632,142.96 for gender discrimination and retaliation after De Niro’s Canal Footage was discovered liable Thursday night.
The sum was equal to her wage for the 4 years she has been out of labor, since she parted methods with De Niro. She has been unable to discover a new job, regardless of making use of for over 600 roles.
Robinson’s win is a sizeable one, however falls far-short of the $12 million damages she initially sought. De Niro counter-sued her for $6 million over air miles she took, however Robinson was discovered not accountable for these allegations.
Robinson was overcome with emotion and on the verge of tears following the jury’s verdict.
She tried to carry it collectively because the seven jurors had been discharged and walked out of the courtroom, however flashed an enormous smile at them.
Robinson then embraced her attorneys and commenced thanking them for his or her work, they usually all congratulated one another on the victory.
Graham Chase Robinson is seen exterior court docket on Thursday after the jury dominated in her favor
The beaming 41-year-old is seen along with her attorneys leaving court docket in Manhattan
Graham Chase Robinson is pictured exterior court docket on Tuesday, earlier than her $12million lawsuit in opposition to former employer Robert De Niro concluded
The decision got here after 5 hours of deliberations by a jury of 4 ladies and three males at Manhattan Federal Courtroom. An eighth juror known as in sick Thursday morning.
Chase Robinson labored for Canal, however was primarily De Niro’s fixer between 2008 and 2019 and earned a wage of $300,000 by the point of her resignation.
Her former boss was not discovered personally accountable for claims of gender discrimination or retaliation, though Robinson’s allegations all centered on his dangerous conduct.
She stated he repeatedly branded her a ‘bitch’ and requested her for back-scratches, conduct she branded ‘creepy’, via sobs on the witness stand.
Jurors didn’t clarify why Canal was discovered liable however De Niro was not. Canal will seemingly additionally should pay Chase Robinson’s hefty authorized charges.
David Sanford, Robinson’s lawyer, stated they had been ‘delighted’.
‘We’re delighted that the jury noticed what we noticed and returned a verdict in Chase Robinson’s favor in opposition to Robert De Niro’s firm, Canal Productions,’ stated Sanford.
‘Not solely did Ms Robinson win her case in opposition to Canal however the jury fully vindicated Ms Robinson by discovering De Niro’s claims in opposition to her to be with out benefit.’
Robinson was in court docket for Thursday’s verdict however De Niro wasn’t. He was noticed within the courthouse late on Wednesday throughout closing arguments and gave proof on October 31.
De Niro’s lawyer, Richard Schoenstein, stated they had been going to evaluation the harm quantity awarded by the jury.
He stated it was ‘gratifying’ that De Niro himself was not discovered liable.
‘I am not going to touch upon the decision – now we have to research the harm quantity,’ stated Schoenstein.
‘It strikes me as a compromise. Clearly they had been looking for $12 million they usually received $600,000.’
He added: ‘I’m very grateful for the service of the jury.
‘We’re actually completely satisfied they separated out Bob from this. It’s a dispute between an worker and their former employer.’
Requested for De Niro’s response, Schoenstein stated: ‘I have not known as him but, I do not know (if he is aware of the decision).
‘There could also be a foundation to cut back the quantity a couple of times.’
The Taxi Driver star, 80, was accused of being an abusive boss within the bombshell trial heard by eight jurors at Manhattan Federal Courtroom.
Jurors had been despatched out simply earlier than midday native time on Thursday, after listening to a week-and-a-half of proof within the case introduced by Robinson.
The enduring actor denied dropping his mood at Robinson – however did simply that in court docket, screaming: ‘Disgrace on you, Chase Robinson!’ final week, earlier than apologizing.
Essentially the most jaw-dropping claims noticed Robinson model her former boss of ‘creepy’ and ‘disgusting’ requests for back-scratches.
Sobbing as she spoke on November 3, Robinson stated: ‘I discussed there was a again scratcher he might use as an alternative. He stated ‘I desire the best way you do it’.
‘It was creepy, simply disgusting.’
The actor insisted there was nothing untoward or sexist about this and that his requests didn’t represent gender discrimination.
Robinson additionally claimed De Niro had branded her a ‘bitch’ two or thrice throughout her 11 years working for him.
She stated he accused her of performing ‘like a bit of bitch’ after a hearth broke out at his NYC townhouse.
Robinson stated the slur was deployed once more in December 2017, when De Niro lashed out after being unable to seek out Christmas presents at his house.
Robert De Niro exterior Manhattan Federal Courtroom on Wednesday night, as closing arguments in Graham Chase Robinson’s lawsuit in opposition to him moved in direction of a conclusion
‘He was cursing left and proper. I used to be attempting to type it however he simply stated I used to be being a bitch.’
Robinson was employed by De Niro’s Canal photos and commenced working there in 2008 as an govt assistant on a $75,000 wage.
By the point she resigned in April 2019, she’d been promoted to vice chairman of manufacturing and finance and was being paid $300,000-a-year.
Robinson was successfully De Niro’s fixer and says she was anticipated to be on-call 24/7, three hundred and sixty five days of the 12 months to assist him together with his youngsters, household and medical care.
She additionally clashed with De Niro’s girlfriend Tiffany Chen after claiming Chen ‘humiliated’ her by forcing her to order vacuum cleaners and arrange director Martin Scorsese’s birthday bash.
Chen accused Robinson of overspending and blasted the previous worker as ‘obsessive, psychotic and harmful’ whereas on the stand final week.
Robinson stated De Niro held female and male staff to completely different requirements.
A court docket sketch exhibits Robert De Niro giving proof on October 31. He misplaced his mood with Chase Robinson in court docket
‘Feminine staff had been anticipated to be on name 24/7 for Bob. He did not anticipate male staff to be on name for him,’ she claimed, including that the Oscar-winner referred to his feminine assistants as ‘the women’.
She stated: ‘Male staff couldn’t be obtainable and Bob would not thoughts.’
Robinson says she requested to obtain the identical wage as fellow worker Dan Harvey, who’s the actor’s private coach and has labored with him since 1985.
However she claims De Niro gave a poor excuse for refusing, telling her: ‘Chase, you do not have youngsters. Dan has a household to assist.’
Robinson instructed the court docket: ‘It made me so unhappy. It annoyed me, it angered me … I used to be actually damage by that remark.
‘I gave this job my life. I did not have youngsters as a result of I labored.’
Her wage was subsequently raised from $200,000 to $300,000, with Harvey on $290,000 on the time.
De Niro’s protection lawyer Richard Schoenstein cross-examined Robinson on the stand and requested her: ‘You thought you need to be paid the identical as somebody who has been working with Mr De Niro because you had been in pre-school?’
On Wednesday, the court docket additionally heard from De Niro’s longtime private coach Harvey, 63, who has additionally run strains with the actor forward of filming for the previous 40 years.
Harvey stated he has been a full-time coach for De Niro since 1985, that he spent two to seven hours with the actor for round 330 days a 12 months and needed to journey with him to movie places around the globe.
De Niro is pictured together with his girlfriend Tiffany Chen in June. Robinson and Chen clashed, with Chen expressing worries over Robinson’s spending
Robinson held a tissue to her face and appeared emotional on Tuesday as she instructed the court docket she was anxious nobody would imagine her phrase in opposition to De Niro’s.
Her resignation electronic mail was proven to the jury and he or she instructed De Niro that she had been ‘loyal, protecting, trustworthy and past hard-working.’
‘I poured my coronary heart and soul into this job and in consequence different elements of my life and alternatives had been placed on maintain. You at all times got here first,’ she wrote.
It has been over three years since she left Canal Productions and in her testimony, she stated she has utilized to 638 jobs since however has not landed a single interview.
She revealed she suffers from melancholy, nervousness and insomnia and has to take remedy to even depart the residence she shares along with her mom.
‘I’ve misplaced my life. I’ve misplaced my profession. I’ve misplaced my monetary independence. I’ve misplaced every part,’ Robinson, who now sees a therapist, stated.
On Tuesday, Robinson’s staff’s psychiatrist Dr Robert Goldstein recognized her with generalized nervousness dysfunction linked to her employment at Canal.
The training psychiatrist stated Robinson suffered from the ‘severe and infrequently disabling psychological situation’ after evaluating her in January 2019, and reviewing greater than three years value of medical data.
He stated she suffered with signs like insomnia and reminiscence loss, and ‘skilled a great deal of psychological ache and emotional discomfort’ which started whereas she was employed by De Niro.
When requested what the set off for this psychological situation was, he stated: ‘Her perceptions of being discriminated in opposition to and retaliated in opposition to on her job.’
However a psychiatrist employed by De Niro’s attorneys described Robinson as ‘narcissistic and paranoid’.