Actor Robert De Niro in real-life drama with ex-worker

Robert De Niro Graham Chase Robinson

In her suit, Robinson claimed that the previous lawsuit came after her attorney had notified De Niro's team that she was contemplating a lawsuit against the actor.

She said she began working for Canal Productions in 2008 as an executive assistant and "forced to resign" in April after rising to the position of vice president of production and finance.

Graham Chase Robinson, who filed the lawsuit in a NY federal court, worked for De Niro's Canal Productions as vice president of production and finance.

Robert De Niro stars in two of the most anticipated movies this season that were filmed in New Jersey - Todd Phillips' "Joker, " out Thursday, and Martin Scorsese's "The Irishman", which had its world premiere at the New York Film Festival last week.

Graham Chase Robinson alleges that the Oscar victor, 76, used sexist language and made suggestive jokes in her presence.

But this week, De Niro, 76, is making headlines for a court battle between his company and a former employee.

"The lawsuit alleges that De Niro and Canal Productions subjected their longtime employee, Graham Chase Robinson (Chase), to a hostile work environment, including unwelcome physical contact, sexually-charged comments, verbal abuse, and sex-stereotyping". He claimed she used a credit card provided by his company to buy expensive lunches and also binge-watched 55 episodes of Friends over the course of four days. "De Niro insisted on paying Ms. Robinson less than a male whose job required no greater skill, effort, or responsibility than Ms. Robinson's position", the suit reads.

A representative for De Niro did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's request for comment. The results have been devastating to Ms. Robinson. The complaint also accuses De Niro and Canal Productions of retaliating against Ms. Robinson after she objected to the harassment and other unlawful practices. She's seeking $12 million in damages.

An irate-sounding caller can be heard saying, "You f***ing don't answer my calls?"

The lawsuit included a link to a profanity-laced voicemail message De Niro once left Robinson in which he called her a "spoiled brat". De Niro's suit against Robinson seeks $3 million in damages for his former employee's "disloyalty and violation or the faithless servant doctrine", as well as an additional $3 million in damages for funds and assets "misappropriated" by Robinson while employed at Canal. "You're f***ing history. How dare you f***ing disrespect me".



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