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Robert De Niro’s former assistant has sued the actor for $12m (£9.7m), accusing him of “years of gender discrimination and harassment”.

Graham Chase Robinson claimed the Raging Bull star was verbally abusive and subjected her to unwanted physical contact and sexually-charged comments.

In response, his lawyer said the allegations were “beyond absurd”.

The case comes weeks after De Niro sued Robinson, accusing her of misusing funds and bingeing on Netflix at work.

Her legal documents, which were published by US media on Thursday, said he “concocted false allegations” designed to prevent her from taking action and to destroy her career and reputation.

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