Robert De Niro’s Company Sues Former Employee For Watching Netflix At Work

She managed to stream 55 episodes of "Friends" in four days

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Robert De Niro speaks onstage during the 72nd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 10, 2018 in New York City. (Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
By Bonnie Stiernberg / August 20, 2019 3:49 pm

If you thought your binge-watching was out of control, you can rest easy knowing it’s nowhere near as bad as this: Robert De Niro’s company Canal Productions has filed a $6 million lawsuit against a former employee for — among other things — spending “astronomical amounts of time” watching Netflix at work.

As Variety reports, the suit alleges that Chase Robinson, a former vice president of production and finance at the company, streamed 55 episodes of Friends over the course of four days in January while on the job and spent another four-day period watching 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,” Canal Productions claims.

In addition to consuming a truly impressive amount of TV while on the clock, Robinson allegedly used millions of De Niro’s frequent flyer miles for her personal travel and racked up over $53,000 of unauthorized charges on the company card over the course of two years. She resigned in April and reportedly drafted a letter of recommendation for herself that De Niro declined to sign.

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