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De Niro Company Claims Ex-Worker Binged ‘Astounding’ Hours of Netflix on Job, Sues for $6 Million

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Robert De Niro’s company, Canal Productions, filed a lawsuit Saturday against a former employee asking for $6 million for allegedly “breaching her fiduciary duties.”

The employee allegedly charged hundreds of thousands of dollars of personal expenses on the company card, transferred millions of company frequent flyer miles to her own account and spent hours of work time binge-watching Netflix, among other allegations in the lawsuit seen by NBC News.

The company is suing Graham Chase Robinson, its former vice president of production & finance, for “breaching her fiduciary duties, violation of the faithless service doctrine and conversion,” according the complaint filed in New York. Robinson was promoted to her position around 2017, which included the task of assuring employees weren’t misusing company funds per De Niro’s own request, according to the lawsuit.

“Robinson’s position required Mr. De Niro to place full faith, trust and confidence in her that she would carry out her duties and responsibilities in Canal’s best interests, mindfully overseeing the finances and other employees,” the lawsuit said.

But Robinson allegedly charged hundreds of thousands of dollars in personal expenses on Canal’s American Express card, improperly used the company’s petty cash fund to pay for personal items, submitted false information in order to be paid for 96 days of “unused” vacation time, and spent company time “binge-watching astounding hours of TV shows on Netflix.”

“For example, over the 4-day period between Tuesday, January 8 and Friday, January 11, 2019, 55 episodes of ‘Friends’ were accessed (which carried over to an impressive 32 episodes on Saturday, January 12 alone),” the lawsuit said.

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Batman Signal to Shine on Gotham’s Domino Sugar Refinery to Celebrate 80 Years of the Caped Crusader

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Holy happy anniversary, Batman!

To celebrate 80 years of the Caped Crusader, there will be a Bat Signal projected onto the side of the iconic Domino Sugar Refinery building in Williamsburg Saturday night.

The light will be illuminated at 8 p.m. and will stay on until around midnight — or possibly until the superhero answers the call to battle the bad guys.

It’s appropriate that particular building will be where the well-known symbol will be displayed, as Batman famously hides his identity (spoiler alert, it’s Bruce Wayne) using different variations of domino masks.

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Elsewhere in Gotham, the spire of the Empire State Building will also be glowing in Batman yellow and white. In preparation, the Dark Knight visited the building to flip the ceremonial switch on Friday, and took some photos with fans.

Batman first appeared in Detective Comics #27 in 1939.

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Taylor Swift Cancels Performance at Melbourne Horse Race; Animal Rights Advocates Cheer

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Taylor Swift canceled her performance at Australia’s Melbourne Cup horse-racing event, the Victoria Racing Club announced in a news release, NBC News reported.

The 29-year-old pop star was slated to headline the Lexus Melbourne Cup Day on Nov. 5 but had to pull out of the event because “changes to her Asian promo schedule” made it logistically impossible for her to be here, a music-booking agency said in the release. 

“To all of Taylor’s fans, we hope to see Taylor in Australia in 2020,” the agency said.

Swift has yet to comment publicly on her decision to pull out of the event.

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Meghan McCain Storms Off ‘The View’ After Sparring Over Trump Whistleblower With Co-Hosts

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Meghan McCain stormed off the set of “The View” Friday after sparring with co-hosts and regular guest Ana Navarro during a discussion on the politics and ethics of whistleblowing, NBC News reports.

The conservative commentator and co-host of “The View” suggested that Democrats were hypocritical for supporting a whistleblowing intelligence officer who filed a complaint about President Donald Trump. The complaint alleged that Trump made a promise to a foreign leader, as reported by The Washington Post on Thursday evening.

McCain suggested that liberals were being hypocritical by supporting the whistleblower in this case, but they criticized the leak of emails from former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s campaign in 2016.

Toward the end of the segment on the live episode Friday, the women were all speaking, at which point McCain yelled, “Excuse me!”

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McCain later walked off set and the ABC daytime program then cut to commercial. She returned after the commercial break.

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