You think this Robert De Niro alleged abusive story is over? Not just yet.
The two-time Academy Award winner doesn’t get off so simply after allegedly abusing his former executive at his Canal Productions when she was working for him. New voicemails emerged where he clearly said some ad-hominem attacks about his character that he denied.
And now De Niro’s accuser and her attorneys are firing back about his dismal of them.
Robert De Niro may hold the record for dropping the “F-bomb” in film history. From “Goodfellas” to “Casino” to “Midnight Run,” and everything in between, De Niro might just hold the Guinness Book of World Records title for cursing.
But actors act and we mostly think because they’re in a role then that doesn’t necessarily mean they are that person.
Over the last couple of weeks, we’re learning that’s not true. De Niro’s potty mouth is very much a part of his everyday life. In 2018 at the Tony Awards, the two-time Academy Award screamed “F—k Trump!”
Then a couple weeks ago De Niro was on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” and when host Brian Stelter questioned how he handles Fox News personalities coming after him over his anti-Trump tirade he exclaimed twice, “F—k’em, F—k’em.”
And if that wasn’t bad enough, De Niro is currently being sued by a former employee, Graham Chase Robinson, for gender discrimination and how he frequently used abusive language towards her.
One voicemail the spoiled actor left for Robinson:
“You f–king don’t answer my calls? How dare you. You’re about to be fired. You’re f–king history. Don’t be angry with me ’cause I’m pissed off ’cause I didn’t get a simple thing that I need right now here in California, where I’m here less than 24 hours, you gotta be f–king kidding me, you spoilt brat!”
Of course, the “Dirty Grandpa” star dismissed the voicemails calling it “beyond absurd,” but now the accuser and her attorney, Alexandra Harwin, are firing back and rightfully so.
Harwin said during an interview on Fox Business, “Listen to the voicemail. It’s very clear from the voicemail that Mr. De Niro left her, that what was going on here was abusive and demeaning.”
She also added this kind of abuse occurred, “day in and day out.”
Hollywood wants to perpetuate equality and being sensitive to abuse but they clearly do not practice what they preach. It’s a “do as I say and not as I do.” And truthfully, if you think De Niro’s threatening language is bad, you should see what assistants to high-powered agents at CAA, WME and UTA go through on a day-to-day basis.
It’s exponentially worse. It’s worse than the depiction of Ari Gold (Jeremy Piven) on the hit HBO show “Entourage” and how he treated his gay assistant Lloyd (Rex Lee).
Harwin added, “Ms. Robinson was asked to do things that her male colleagues were never asked to do, like scratch Mr. De Niro’s back, button his buttons, tie his ties. The whole work environment was unacceptable.”
And if the “excuse” for this hostile work environment is because Hollywood is a fast-paced high-pressure situation then that is ludicrous. These high-powered Hollywood elites use money as an excuse to act aggressively.
That’s a horrible excuse.