Robert De Niro made his first public appearance following his ex-employee slapping him with a lawsuit.
Last night, the actor was out celebrating Al Sharpton’s 65th birthday celebration at the New York Public Library.
The actor posed for photos with Sharpton during the event. He appeared in good spirits and was chatting it up with friends.
His appearance comes amid his legal battle with his ex-employee, Graham Chase Robinson. Robinson started working for De Niro in 2008.
Earlier this week, Robinson sued De Niro for $12 million dollars accusing him of a variety of things. The suit claimed the actor would urinate during phone calls and ask her to scratch his back.
She also claimed to be the victim of “gratuitous unwanted physical contact” from De Niro. Robinson said he made her feel like an “office wife” and made “sexually-charged comments” to her. She also accused him of not paying her overtime.
She also claims, "De Niro also stood idly by while his friend slapped Ms. Robinson on her buttocks."
The suit read, “Robert De Niro is someone who has clung to old mores. He does not accept the idea that men should treat women as equals.”
De Niro’s lawyer responded to the lawsuit stating, "The allegations made by Graham Chase Robinson against Robert De Niro are beyond absurd."
Back in April, the actor and his production company sued Robinson for $3 million-dollars. His suit accused her of stealing from the company and watching Netflix at work. He sued seeking damages from his ex-employee.
Both case are ongoing.