Robert De Niro film company exec sued for £5m for ‘binge watching Friends on Netflix at work’

Robert De Niro film company exec sued for £5m for ‘binge watching Friends on Netflix at work’

A HIGH-powered worker is being sued for £5m by Robert De Niro's production company for watching "astronomical hours" of Friends episodes on Netflix.

It's been claimed Chase Robinson – a former vice president at Canal Productions – has been accused of "embezzling money and binge-watching Netflix" in her office.

Now Variety reports she has been hit with a $6,000,000 (£4,928,940) lawsuit from the film firm owned by the Godfather star.

Robinson left her position in April, but the company now alleges she spent "astronomical amounts of time" binging comedy shows during work hours – including the sitcom Friends.

The lawsuit states: "Over the four-day period between Tuesday, January 8 and Friday, January 11, 2019, 55 episodes of Friends were accessed."

It has also been claimed that months later she allegedly spent four days watching "20 episodes of Arrested Development and 10 episodes of Schitt's Creek".

De Niro's company also alleges in the lawsuit she rarely came into the office and racked up thousands of dollars of unauthorised charges on the company card for food orders and taxi rides.


On one of those days, she is said to have ordered lunch from Caviar San Francisco and had dinner at swish Paola’s Restaurant, charging both meals on the company card.

She is also accused of using millions of De Niro’s frequent flyer miles for her personal trips.

The suit adds: "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."

In her resignation email, Robinson is reported to have brushed off the claims as "ridiculous" however she has not yet publicly commented on the lawsuit.

According to the suit, filed on Saturday in state court in New York, Robinson was hired as an assistant to De Niro in 2008.

She was later promoted to “vice president of production and finance” at the loan-out company, and her salary was £250,000 a year.

She left the company in April, amid growing concerns about alleged “corporate sabotage,” the suit reportedly states.

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