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Robert De Niro’s company sued woman for reportedly binge-watching ‘astounding hours’ of ‘Friends’ while at work

The company accuses Chase Robinson of spending money on hotel and restaurant expenses

Robert De Niro attends the 2019 American Icon Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on Sunday May 19, 2019, in Beverly Hills, Calif.
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SALT LAKE CITY — Canal Productions, a company owned by Robert De Niro, has filed a $6 million lawsuit against a former employee, who is accused of embezzling money and spending time watching Netflix while on company time, Variety reports.

The company accuses Chase Robinson of spending money on hotel and restaurant expenses while also using De Niro’s personal frequent flyer miles to pay for her personal trips, according to Variety.

Robinson was reportedly hired by De Niro back in 2008. She was promoted to the position of vice president of production and finance. Her 2019 salary was $300,000.

Robinson is also accused of charging hundreds of thousands of dollars in personal expenses to an American Express card and improperly using petty cash to pay for her own items, too.

Robinson reportedly submitted false information so that she would be paid for 96 days of vacation time, which had previously gone unused.

And, according to NBC News, she used company time to binge “astounding hours of TV shows on Netflix.”

“For example, over the 4-day period between Tuesday, January 8 and Friday, January 11, 2019, 55 episodes of ‘Friends’ were accessed (which carried over to an impressive 32 episodes on Saturday, January 12 alone),” the lawsuit said, according to NBC News.

And, as The Cut explained, Robinson spent four days binge-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,” the lawsuit said, according to The Guardian.

So, how do we sum this up? Well, let’s leave it to The Cut.

“It’s sort of like no one told you life was gonna be this way, your job’s a joke, you’re broke — and permanently barred from your former employer’s Netflix account,” The Cut reported.