Robert De Niro's Ex-Employee Says in Lawsuit He Was 'Hostile' and 'Abusive'

The actor is also suing her.
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Graham Chase Robinson said she was hired by the actor in 2008.

Robert De Niro is being sued by his former employee for alleged harassment, and in a new voicemail released by the woman, De Niro can allegedly be heard calling her names and cursing at her. 

Graham Chase Robinson said she was hired by the actor in 2008, when she was 25. During her time working for him, she claims in her lawsuit that he spoke with her in a “hostile, abusive and intimidating manner” and referred to her as a “b****” and a “brat.”

In the voicemail she released, De Niro can allegedly be heard saying, “You f****** don't answer my calls? How dare you? You're about to be fired. How dare you?" 

As the voicemail continues, De Niro says, “Don't f****** get angry with me 'cause I'm pissed off 'cause I didn't get a single thing that I need right now ... you gotta be f****** kidding me, you spoiled brat! F*** you!"

Robinson is suing the actor for gender-based harassment and back wages. She claims in the lawsuit that he would lash out at her when he was intoxicated, would joke with her about Viagra, and after asking her to purchase a television for his bathroom, said “imagine him on the toilet” so she could figure out a good place for the television.

She also said he would urinate during their phone calls and he did nothing when a friend of his smacked her butt. Robinson eventually quit because "she could no longer endure the hostile work environment," according to the lawsuit.

Tom Harvey, De Niro's attorney, says Robinson's claims are not true. 

“The allegations made by Graham Chase Robinson against Robert De Niro are beyond absurd," Harvey told

De Niro himself is suing Robinson for $6 million for embezzlement, among other allegations. He filed his lawsuit in August. He claims she made hundreds of thousands of dollars in unauthorized charges with a company credit card, including expensive lunches, and would watch television shows while she was supposed to be working. She denies those claims.