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Robert De Niro’s girlfriend blasts former assistant as ‘mean-spirited’ and a ‘hot mess’ during testimony

Robert De Niro’s girlfriend Tiffany Chen blasted his former assistant Graham Chase Robinson while giving testimony on the fourth day of the actor’s ongoing civil trial.

Robinson, who worked for De Niro for 11 years until 2019, and the 80-year-old “Flowers of the Killer Moon” star are in court over the assistant’s civil lawsuit accusing the Oscar winner of gender discrimination during her employment at his production company, Canal Productions. Robinson has alleged the actor repeatedly used “vulgar, inappropriate, and gendered comments” in addition to overworking and underpaying her in her $12 million lawsuit.

Chen, who shares 6-month-old daughter Gia with De Niro, spoke out about her relationship with Robinson, who she first met in 2018, as she took the stand in Manhattan federal court on Thursday.

“She was very strange from the beginning and always uncomfortable to be around. I was killing her with kindness,” the 45-year-old martial arts instructor said, according to People magazine.

Chen and De Niro first met in 2015 while the actor was filming “The Intern.” Chen appeared in the film as a tai chi instructor. The pair, who welcomed a baby earlier this year, claims they did not begin dating until years later after his tumultuous divorce from Grace Hightower.

Fox News Digital’s Lauryn Overhultz contributed to this report.

Ashley Hume is an entertainment writer for Fox News Digital. Story tips can be sent to and on Twitter: @ashleyhume


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