Legendary actor Robert De Niro has slammed an American newspaper after finding out it interviewed his nine-year-old neighbour.

The NEW YORK POST swooped after news De Niro's housekeeper had been arrested for stealing jewellery from the actor was revealed earlier this week (begs20JUN05).

But the RAGING BULL star is furious reporters tried to get comments from a child who lives in his New York City building.

De Niro's spokesperson Stan Rosenfeld tells the NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, "It's beyond reprehensible. Children are off limits. There is white heat coming out of Mr De Niro over this."

Nanny Lucyna Turyk-wawrynowicz (corr) has been charged with stealing $500,000 (GBP260,000) worth of jewellery, shoes, clothing and cash from various customers over the course of several years.

23/06/2005 09:26