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Robert De Niro’s Ultra-Luxury Restaurants Took Millions In COVID-19 Relief Money

Actor Robert De Niro took coronavirus money from the government to pay for expenses at his multiple restaurants around the world.

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According to a report on Monday, wealthy anti-Trump actor Robert De Niro took coronavirus money from the government to pay for expenses at his multiple high-end restaurants around the world.

This reportedly included his luxury restaurant Nobu in London.

According to Yahoo! Finance, De Niro was worth at least $300 million as of 2018.

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The Daily Mail reported that De Niro’s expensive London restaurant Nobu took enough U.K. government coronavirus pandemic relief money to cover 80 percent of the operating costs of his restaurant.

A government report shows that money was awarded to Nobu.

“The restaurant has been closed since March 21, 2020, as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic in the U.K., and reopened on May 6, 2020, to operate in providing a limited restaurant service that can be operated by the company under the recommended health and safety guidelines imposed during the Covid-19 pandemic such as food take away service,” the government report notes.

The restaurant told U.K. government officials that it expected “a significant decrease in profitability due to materially reduced revenues in 2020.”

CEO of the watchdog group Taxpayers’ Alliance, John O’Connell, told Daily Mail readers regarding the money sent to Nobu, “Justifiably, the Government cast a wide net to catch everyone who could be affected by this coronavirus crisis.”

“But recipients should keep in mind that this money ultimately comes from taxpayers, and support should only be sought if it’s really needed,” he added.

De Niro Restaurants Also Received U.S. PPP Money

Which begs the question: Why should taxpayers – many of whom have themselves been thrown out of work by shutdowns or onerous rules – have to give De Niro and his restaurants their money?

And it’s not just U.K. taxpayers footing the bill.

In July, it was reported that the anti-Trump actor’s Nobu chain took over $28 million from the U.S. Paycheck Protection Program.

CNBC reported, “The Nobu group of luxury sushi restaurants and hotels took 14 loans from the U.S. small business relief program for as much as $28 million, according to government filings.”

“The chain, founded by actor Robert De Niro, celebrity chef Nobuyuki “Nobu” Matsuhisa and film producer Meir Teper, got funding for properties scattered across the country, from California to Texas and New York, according to data released Monday,” CNBC noted.

De Niro’s Political, Anti-Trump Comments

Back in May 2020, De Niro joked that he would play embattled New York Governor Cuomo in a movie about the COVID lockdowns.

These are the lockdowns that necessitated the government payments De Niro’s companies received.

De Niro told the BBC, “Cuomo’s done a great job. He’s done what Trump should have done, but he doesn’t have a clue how to do that.”

Cuomo is currently under serious fire from his own Democratic legislature over reports that he covered up the true number of unnecessary COVID deaths due to his nursing homes policy.

State Senator Jessica Ramos said of Cuomo, “People died and Cuomo lied then he had the gall to write a book.”

De Niro’s record of bashing Trump publicly is also quite lengthy.

At the American Icon Awards in May 2019, De Niro said on stage, “You didn’t think you were gonna get away without a f*** Trump moment, did you?”

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This piece originally appeared in ThePoliticalInsider.com and is used by permission.

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