Robert DeNiro is suing his former assistant-turned-Vice President of Production and Finance for misappropriating company funds, including using the corporate Amex for personal trips – and for stealing his 7 million Delta SkyMiles.
According to the suit she used,
the company American Express card to buy food, Uber trips, dog sitting, groceries, cameras, iPhones, Pilates classes, dry-cleaning, and flowers, and also alleged she had ‘helped’ herself to petty cash.
…[And] improperly used [the company]’s credit cards to buy taxis and cover her food costs while on vacation in London, and alleged she charged $2,600 for a stay at the Montage Hotel on a trip to Los Angeles, as well as $156 for dinner at Nobu, $604 on a second meal at the upmarket eatery, $729 on a rental car and several hundred dollars more on cabs, despite having the rented vehicle at her disposal.
DeNiro values SkyMiles at 4.3 cents apiece in the suit ($300,000), overstating how much they’re worth by a factor of four. There’s no mileage currency worth 4 cents apiece, and SkyMiles is one of the less valuable currencies.
According to the lawsuit, his ex-employee:
- “transferred another 4.5 million into her own account”
This claim, however, does not make sense. Leave aside the penny apiece Delta will charge to make the transfer. They only allow transfer out of an account of 150,000 miles per year. This would have taken 30 years… and she only began work in 2008. In my experience in many cases as an expert witness (including involving Delta SkyMiles) lawyers involved are often very confused when it comes to miles and points.
The former employee, for their part, claims that this is all trumped up and filed pre-emptively to distract from their own gender discrimination lawsuit against DeNiro seeking $12 million.
[I]n a 2012 voicemail leaked last year De Niro can be heard shouting at Robinson, calling her a ‘spoiled brat,’ saying ‘how dare you f***ing disrespect me,’ and threatening her, saying ‘you’re f***ing history.’
…Robinson ‘was asked to do things that her male colleagues were never asked to do, like scratch Mr. De Niro’s back, button his buttons, tie his ties.’
(HT: Eye Of The Flyer)