It's too bad Robert De Niro wasn't one of Friends' many famous guest stars because, if he was, perhaps he wouldn't be so upset about his former assistant's mega-binge session of the sitcom on Netflix.
Alas, according to Variety, De Niro is going to the mattresses with a woman, Chase Robinson, who used to work for his Canal Productions and who allegedly streamed 55 episodes of Friends in four days while she was supposed to be working for him in January. There are other complaints included in De Niro's $6 million suit against her, not the least of which are accusations of unauthorized spending on food and ride-shares to the tune of over $50,000, as well as use of his frequent flyer miles. But De Niro obviously takes his former employee's streaming schedule seriously enough that it's a fixture of his legal complaint against her.
"Watching shows on Netflix was not in any way part of or related to the duties and responsibilities of Robinson's employment and, on information and belief, was done for her personal entertainment, amusement and pleasure at times when she was being paid to work," the lawsuit maintains.
To be fair, it wasn't just Friends that Robinson is accused of streaming on the job. She also allegedly had a four-day binge bender that included taking in 20 episodes of Arrested Development and 10 episodes of Schitt's Creek (hey, she's got some good taste in shows). It's unclear where the $6 million demand figure comes from, but no matter the case, in De Niro's world, watching TV online on his time will cost you.
Friends is currently available for streaming on Netflix (for anyone except De Niro's staffers, at least) and will move to HBO Max next year.
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