Robert De Niro appeared in a Manhattan court on Friday (18th March 2011) to testify in the trial of Leigh Morse, who is accused of fraud and larceny.
Robert De Niro took time out from filming his forthcoming movie 'Red Lights' to testify in the trial of the art dealer Leigh Morse on Friday. The legendary Hollywood actor appeared in the New York Supreme Court dressed in a green corduroy jacket and light blue shirt, reports Bloomberg.The trial involves De Niro's late father, who died from prostate cancer in 1993. An accomplished artist, De Niro Sr left behind over 1,000 pieces of work in his New York studio. The 'Taxi Driver' star told the court that he did not give permission for $77,000 from the sale of three pieces of his father's artwork to be deposited into the personal bank account of Ms Morse. The art dealer, who was the director of the Salander-O'Reilly Galleries, is accused of stealing from De Niro Sr's estate. According to documents presented in court, the actor agreed to split proceeds 50-50 with the gallery and did not give Morse permission to keep the entire proceeds of the sale.
Robert De Niro is currently starring in drama movie 'Limitless', which topped the U.S box-office over the weekend. The film, which also stars Bradley Cooper, took around $19 million during its opening weekend.