Lawsuit Says Robert De Niro Ruined His Ex-Manager’s Standing With Rich People

By
Photo: Scott Barbour/Getty Images

Michael Thompson, the former property manager at Robert De Niro's 235-acre upstate estate, is suing the trust that owns it, claiming he was illegally fired over untrue accusations that he blew off his duties and took kickbacks from vendors. Thompson charges that one of De Niro's underlings smeared his reputation throughout the "domestic estate management field." The alleged defamation, says Thompson, cost him a job with billionaire George Soros's eldest son, as well as other potential jobs with the landed gentry of Greenwich, Connecticut, and Grand Rapids, Michigan. [NYP]