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Ex-Assistant Suing Robert De Niro For $12 Million, Alleges Discrimination, Verbal Harassment

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) -- A former assistant is suing actor Robert De Niro, claiming the Oscar winner made sexually explicit comments and was verbally abusive.

She says she has the profanity-laced phone calls to prove it, CBS2's Ali Bauman reported Thursday.

One of Hollywood's most respected actors has been hit with a multi-million dollar lawsuit. A profanity laced voicemail from De Niro has come to light, with serious charges of discrimination and harassment.

The accusation: there was a lot of "Raging Bull" coming from the Academy Award-winning actor.

2014 Tribeca Film Festival
Tribeca Film Festival Co-founder Robert De Niro attends the "Time Is Illmatic" Opening Night Premiere during the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival at The Beacon Theatre on April 16, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival)

"You're living in Spain and you're [expletive] upset with me. You tell me how nice you have it and your life over there and you [expletive] don't answer my calls. How dare you. You're about to be fired. You're [expletive] history," the voicemail says.

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The call was allegedly made to De Niro's then-assistant Graham Chase Robinson. She worked for the actor-director-producer from 2008 until April of this year, starting when she was 25 years old.

Robinson has filed a complaint against the two-time Oscar winner, claiming "She could no longer endure the hostile work environment, and through her counsel she warned De Niro and Canal Productions that she was considering bringing a discrimination lawsuit."

She is suing for $12 million, alleging De Niro "does not care that gender discrimination in the workplace violates the law."

"[Expletive] this. How dare you [expletive] disrespect me how much you did," the voicemail says.

De Niro, who has two major films about to be released, "The Irishman" and "Joker," is claimed to have subjected Robinson to sexually-charged comments, and unwanted physical contact. She also accused him of wage discrimination.

On Thursday afternoon, Bauman spoke with Alexandra Harwin, the attorney for Robinson.

"She attempted to endure the work environment as long as possible, but she did attempt to quit multiple times. And Mr. De Niro responded by promising things would get better and threatening her if she left," Harwin said.

The 19-page lawsuit also states that De Niro made jokes about his Viagra prescription and asked her to do supposedly stereotypical female duties, such as cleaning his apartment and mending his clothes.

CBS2 did receive a statement from De Niro's attorney, which said, "The allegations made by Graham Chase Robinson against Robert De Niro are beyond absurd."

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