Robert De Niro
- 1 Background
- 2 Additional Relevant Facts
- 3 Relationship to #Pizzagate
- 3.1 Connection to pedophile film director, Roman Polanski
- 3.2 Connection to alleged statutory rapist, Ronald Burkle, and David Blaine
- 3.3 Connection to alleged statutory and abusive rapist, Peter Nygard
- 3.4 Connection to incestuous pervert, David O. Russell, and Chris Tucker
- 3.5 Connection to Naomi Campbell
- 3.6 Connection to Marina Abramovic
- 3.7 Connection to Italian Mafia affiliate, Vincent Ponte
- 3.8 Connection to Haiti
- 3.9 Connection to St. Tropez, in France
Robert Anthony De Niro (born August 17, 1943) is an American actor, producer and director who has both Italian and American citizenship. He was cast as the young Vito Corleone in the 1974 film The Godfather Part II, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. His longtime collaboration with director Martin Scorsese earned him the Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Jake La Motta in the 1980 film Raging Bull. He received the AFI Life Achievement Award in 2003, the Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award in 2010, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama in 2016.
De Niro's first major film roles were in the sports drama, Bang the Drum Slowly (1973) and Scorsese's crime film Mean Streets (1973). He earned Academy Award nominations for the psychological thrillers Taxi Driver (1976) and Cape Fear (1991), both directed by Scorsese. De Niro received additional nominations for Michael Cimino's Vietnam war drama, The Deer Hunter (1978), Penny Marshall's drama Awakenings (1990), and David O. Russell's romantic comedy-drama, Silver Linings Playbook (2012). His portrayal of gangster Jimmy Conway in Scorsese's crime film, Goodfellas (1990), and his role in black comedy film The King of Comedy (1983), earned him BAFTA Award nominations.
De Niro has earned four nominations for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, for his work in the musical drama New York, New York (1977), the action comedy Midnight Run (1988), the gangster comedy Analyze This (1999), and the comedy Meet the Parents (2000). Other notable performances include roles in Once Upon a Time in America (1984), Brazil (1985), The Untouchables (1987), Heat (1995), Casino (1995), Cop Land (1997), Jackie Brown (1997) and Machete (2010). He has directed and starred in films such as the crime drama A Bronx Tale (1993), and the spy film The Good Shepherd (2006).
From "Early Life"
Robert De Niro received an Italian passport in 2006. His Italian citizenship was granted by the Prime Minister, on behalf of the Italian Republic despite a strong opposition of the American-Italian community.
From "Legal Issues"
During a film shoot in France in February 1998, De Niro was questioned as a witness about the Bourgeois prostitution ring. De Niro denied any involvement, later filing a complaint. Despite saying at the time that he would not return to France, he later filmed there and presided over the jury at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.
Additional Relevant Facts
De Niro's Involvement in Bourgeois French Underage Prostitution Ring
From the UK publication, the Independent, in an article entitled, The sex scandal that wouldn't lie down, by John Lichfield, published on November 15th, 1998:
The case uncovers the brutal methods used to snare young women - some as young as 15 - into a call-girl agency specialising in wealthy, high- profile clients. It also exposes attempts by the French government machine to block an investigation which might embarrass senior politicians and damage French interests abroad. Six people are charged with the running of an international prostitution ring, whose call-girls entertained the actor Robert de Niro...
De Niro is an Alibi Witness in a Pennsylvania Pedophilia Case
From the NY Daily News article, Deniro's Alibi 'Tale' sought at Sex Trial, by George Rush, Joanna Molloy, and Marcus Baram, published on April 2nd, 1998:
Poor Robert De Niro. The actor could be dragged into another sex inquiry. Just as the "Wag the Dog" star is starting to simmer down after being grilled by French authorities probing a prostitution ring, his name has popped up in a Pennsylvania pedophilia case. De Niro has not been charged with any wrongdoing. Rather, he has been asked to be an alibi witness for Bruce Wishnefsky, who has been charged with 133 counts of sexual assault against two underage girls in Carbon County, Pa.
Relationship to #Pizzagate
Connection to pedophile film director, Roman Polanski
Robert De Niro is known to have been close friends with pedophile film director, Roman Polanski. In fact, De Niro would be the first person Polanski would meet immediately after raping 13 year old Samantha Gailey in 1977.
From the New York Post article, Inside story of the night that Polanski raped a child, published on October 29, 2009:
Samantha [Gailey] had met Polanski through her mother, Susan, a television actress. The director said he had an assignment to photograph young girls for a Paris fashion magazine, Vogue Hommes, and had heard about Samantha from a mutual friend. Polanski went to her home on the afternoon of Feb. 20 and took some pictures in the hills nearby. He picked her up again on March 10, stopped at Jacqueline Bisset’s house and, as the light was fading, went to Nicholson’s compound on Mulholland Drive. Polanski dropped Samantha off at her home a few hours later and went about his business. He met with Robert De Niro that evening to discuss making a movie based on a William Goldman novel, “Magic.” The next night, a team of seven police investigators and prosecutors pulled up to the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.
Robert De Niro and Roman Polanski have maintained their friendship all these years.
Connection to alleged statutory rapist, Ronald Burkle, and David Blaine
From the New York Daily News article, Robert De Niro ex-lover wedding reunion, published on March 10, 2008:
It was a family affair for Robert De Niro last weekend at the lavish wedding of his son in the Bahamas.
David Blaine entertained other guests, including Harvey Keitel, Chazz Palminteri and Ron Burkle, with card tricks. He and Butter owner Richie Akiva enjoyed a weekend playing poker and blackjack at the Ocean Club and Cain at the Cove.
Connection to alleged statutory and abusive rapist, Peter Nygard
From the New York Post article, Egomaniacal billionaires hell-bent on winning Bahamas blood feud, from Maureen Callahan on December 6th, 2015:
Nygard has lived in the Bahamas since 1987, building a 150,000-square-foot mansion replete with Mayan-inspired statues, a helipad, fake smoking volcanos, a glass ceiling weighing 100,000 pounds, a casino, a disco — with cameras under the dance floor to shoot women from below — and, according to a 2010 Forbes magazine article, a human aquarium. (A rep for Nygard denies there was ever a human aquarium.) Visitors to the estate, renamed Nygard Cay, have included Michael Jackson, Oprah Winfrey, Robert De Niro, Prince Andrew and George H.W. Bush.
Connection to incestuous pervert, David O. Russell, and Chris Tucker
However, Russell and De Niro are considered frequent collaborators, having worked on Joy and American Hustle as well.
Russell also got De Niro involved in his charity educational organization, Ghetto Film School.
Connection to Naomi Campbell
From the Vogue article, Today In History - May 9, by Bibby Sowray, published on May 9th, 2012:
...2003, Naomi Campbell was rumoured to have set her sights on Robert De Niro to become the father of her children. The British-born supermodel dated the actor in the Nineties and it seemed she was keen to put him back in the headlines. "Naomi's friends Kate Moss and Claudia Schiffer have babies, and she wants one too," a source said. "She met De Niro again for drinks in New York a few weeks back and then they went back to her place. Naomi feels he is the calm thing in her life. He was the one she would call at night whenever she needed someone to talk to, and this is the first time in a long time that he's single and available."
Connection to Marina Abramovic
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Additional Source: Thanks to the Ambit Journal
Connection to Italian Mafia affiliate, Vincent Ponte
De Niro was a regular of Vincent Ponte's restaurant, F.illi Ponte. From The Florida Times-Union article, No putting on airs, by Dan MacDonald, published on June 23rd, 2005, which discusses career of Chef Joe DeMarco:
[Chef Joe DeMarco] opened and closed several restaurants only to return to New York to work at F.illi Ponte, in what is now the thriving Tribeca restaurant district. There, he specialized in Italian dishes that were favored by regulars like actor Robert De Niro. Even after 20 years, his old boss Vincent Ponte remembered DeMarco and his food. "He had a lot of nice dishes. He had the talent. I thought he would go a long way," Ponte said during a phone conversation. "I knew he was talented because he was willing to learn more. He was willing to get more exciting with the dishes."
Connection to Haiti
From the Haiti Observer article, Actor Robert De Niro Looking At Haiti As Possibility For His New Hotel, published on November 12th, 2012:
PM Lamothe is meeting with Actor, Robert De Niro, in anticipation of his visit to Haiti soon, to scout northern and southern locations of the country. De Niro is mulling over the possibility of erecting a hotel in Haiti. Haiti has reformed many of its own labor practices to attract more private investment, and PM Lamothe is looking for more ways to make Haiti a market for foreign investment.
Connection to St. Tropez, in France
From the Radar Online, The Sex Scandal Robert De Niro Doesn’t Want You To Know About: Inside The Oscar Winner’s Secret Involvement With A High-Class Call Girl — Plus His Shocking Court Confessions, by Gina Bacchiocchi, published on September 9th, 2014:
De Niro reportedly claimed he had met Bourgeois through tennis player Wojtek Fibak, who told him the soft-porn photographer could set him up with beautiful women. “The first time Bourgeois showed me photos of girls, they were taken from mags like Lui and Playboy,” De Niro testified, according to Levy. “He said he could introduce me to them, in a friendly way, without any notion of money. It is possible that I chose one of these girls, and it seems that Charmaine Sinclair was the one.” He later claimed he had sex with Sinclair in a St. Tropez villa, but “there was no money transaction.” He was not arrested or charged with any crime, found only guilty of having sex with a woman who at other times sold her body for large sums of money, the book claims.