is firing back at an “absurd” lawsuit brought against him by a former employee. Graham Chase Robinson filed papers in Manhattan federal court Thursday alleging she was the victim of “gratuitous unwanted physical contact” from De Niro. She also claimed the Joker actor made “sexually-charged comments to her” while she worked at his production company, Canal Productions Inc.

In the lawsuit, which was obtained by , Robinson claims the Oscar-winning actor treated her as his “office wife” and made her do “stereotypically female duties, like housework” while underpaying her and denying her overtime. Robinson started at the company in 2008 as the actor’s personal assistant before rising to the position of Vice President of Production & Finance.

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