Robert De Niro Brings $6 Million Lawsuit Against Ex-Employee Who Allegedly Binged ‘Friends’ at Work

Netflix and chill is a term most of us are familiar with, but what about Netflix and work? Turns out, that combination can potentially cost you. One former employee of Robert De Niro’s Canal Productions is being accused of watching the streaming service while on the job, as well as putting thousands of dollars in restaurant and hotel charges on the company credit card, in addition to using De Niro’s frequent-flyer miles.

Variety reports that the suit alleges Chase Robinson, who was initially hired as an assistant in 2008 and eventually promoted to “vice president of production and finance,” once watched “55 episodes of ‘Friends’ over a four-day period at work.” She allegedly binged episodes of “Arrested Development” and “Schitt’s Creek” as well, and put pricey meal orders on the company’s tab. According to Variety, the charges include $12,696.65 at the New York City restaurant Paola over two years, and $32,000 towards taxis and Ubers.

The lawsuit claims, via Variety, “Watching shows on Netflix was not in any way part of or related to the duties and responsibilities of Robinson’s employment and, on information and belief, was done for her personal entertainment, amusement and pleasure at times when she was being paid to work.”

Robinson is no longer employed at Canal Productions, as she resigned in April. De Niro allegedly refused to sign a recommendation letter for her, according to the suit.


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