Robert De Niro’s Company Sues Ex-Employee for $6 Million, Claims She Binged 55 Episodes of ‘Friends’ at Work

The former employee allegedly watched 55 episodes of 'Friends' at work over a four-day period.

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A former employee of Robert De Niro is in hot water.

The actor's loan-out company Canal Productions has filed a $6 million lawsuit against Chase Robinson, alleging that she embezzled money and binge-watched Netflix during work hours, Variety reports. The company also accuses Robinson of accumulating enormous hotel and restaurant charges and using millions of the actor's frequent flyer miles for personal trips.

According to the suit, Robinson became De Niro's assistant in 2008 and was later promoted to "vice president of production and finance" at Canal Productions with a salary of $300,000. She resigned in April, amid allegations of "corporate sabotage."

The company says Robinson barely came into the office, and when she did, she spent "astronomical amounts of time" watching Netflix. During a four-day period in January, she allegedly watched 55 episodes of Friends. On another four-day period in March, she allegedly watched 20 episodes of Arrested Development and 10 episodes of Schitt's Creek.

"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," the suit alleges.

The suit has also claims that over a two-year period Robinson made $12,696.65 in unauthorized charges at Paola’s Restaurant, $8,923.20 at Dean and Deluca and Whole Foods, and $32,000 on Ubers and taxis.

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