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Bob De Niro Assistant Chase Robinson Subject to Psychiatrist Testimony, Got Text Threat

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Substack

SDNY COURTHOUSE, Nov 7 – Robert De Niro and Canal Productions were sued in 2019 for gender discrimination by Graham Chase Robinson, who had begun working as De Niro's executive assistant in 2008, at 25 years old.

 She said she was discriminated against - then De Niro sued her, and she sued him. 

On March 10, 2020 U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Magistrate Judge Katharine H. Parker held a  proceeding. Inner City Press covered it.  Inner City Press had previously checked in on the case, on January 30, 2020, here.

"in SDNY, Robert De Niro is being sued by former employee Graham Chase Robinson for gender discrimination, not paying overtime - and retaliating. De Niro's lawyers complaint to SDNY Magistrate Judge Parker that the plaintiff won't say to whose salary she's comparing what she was paid."

 The case was reassigned to District Judge Lewis J. Liman; a protective order was filed.

On October 30, 2023, the trial is set to begin with jury selection, and to sit daily from 9 to 5. It begin a civil case, each side gets 20 hours...

  Inner City Press called to cover the June 28, 2021 conference, and found the defendants hammering away at plaintiff Robinson's alleged misrepresentations.

On December 15, 2021, there was another conference, that Inner City live tweeted here

On January 31, 2022 Judge Parker held another proceeding and Inner City Press again covered it. Judge Parker extended discovery, reluctantly she said, "for the sole purpose of deposing the five individuals identified by Plaintiff: Mr. Robert De Niro, Mr. Michael Kaplan, Tom Harvey, Michael Tasch and Tiffany Chen.

On December 30, 2022, Judge Parker denied a request to seal a filing concerning among other things De Niro's claim that Robinson was "binge-watching Netflix" and misusing SkyMiles.

Jump cut to the first day of trail on October 30, 2023. De Niro was on the stand being questioned about his texts with Tiffany Chen, who accused the plaintiff of "imaginary intimacy." Thread:

Plaintiff Robinson's counsel: It was to get out the middle of your relationship with Ms Tiffany Chen?

De Niro: Uh, yes.

Jury is shown Tiffany Chen's text to De Niro about Robinson's "imaginary intimacy" with De Niro.

Q: Ms Chen gave you an ultimatum to get rid of Ms Robinson?

With jury gone for the day, lawyers are fighting about exhibits. De Niro in a dark green polo shirt and jacket, leaves the courtroom

There followed a discussion of exhibits PX97 and PX 18.

On November 2, Tiffany Chen was on the stand. Among other things, she called out the plaintiff as "crazy" and bullsh*t, whereupon counsel told her, Let's try to filter ourselves a bit more in court.

Yeah, let's. With the jury out of the room, plaintiff's counsel asked for a limiting instruction as to the crazy talk. Denied.

On November 3, Inner City Press managed to really live tweet some of the trial, on SDNYLIVE, thread

November 6 ended with Chase Robinson still on cross examination. Inner City Press live tweeted, thread here

   Chase Robinson's lawyer told Judge Liman about a threatening text they said was from Di Nero's daughter: "received a text message, a threatening text message, that the iPhone -- I don't know if your Honor is aware of this feature of iPhone that if you don't have a number, it suggests who the person may be, and it suggested it was a daughter of Mr. De Niro. We Googled the number, and it did return back a connection to that individual's social media. The text message reads: You disgusting little beast. You have nothing better to do with your pathetic life than destroy an 80-year-old man's life for money. You piece of S-H-I-T. He lost a grandson only four months ago. Has to deal with a scumbag like you. Sickening. Hopefully you and your family will suffer, like you have made so many suffer.  We think this is very serious, particularly given the timing that Ms. Robinson is on the stand, and certainly, in the context of other inadvertent contacts from other associates of the defense side.  So we would ask for an instruction to Mr. De Niro and to Canal that no one from his family and no associates would be contacting Ms. Robinson whatsoever.  THE COURT: I think that's appropriate.." Photo and more of transcript on Substack here

Judge Liman was asked if he would seal the courtroom for voir dire of an expert and to his credit said no.

November 7 ended with arguments about how to charge the jury, and if they might deliberate on Friday. But could the Press get in?

The trial continues.

The case is Robinson v. De Niro et al., 19-cv-9156 (Liman / Parker)



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