KEY POINTS

  • Robert De Niro's former daughter-in-law reportedly helped Chainsmokers in organizing the Southampton concert that violated social distancing rules 
  • A report suggests that she sold tickets for the show and the event was also attended by her boyfriend Cuba Gooding Jr.
  • An investigation has already been launched by Governor Andrew Cuomo

A new report suggests that Robert De Niro’s former daughter-in-law Claudine De Niro was involved in helping the Chainsmokers put up a concert in Southampton, New York amid the coronavirus pandemic.



The concert was organized with the help of two companies. One of them is In the Know Experiences, a firm where Claudine previously worked for. A Page Six report has claimed that De Niro’s former daughter-in-law was instrumental in spreading the word about the cultural event and even sold tickets for the show.

Everything was going like the organizers would have liked it to until a video surfaced online, showing how people were not taking precautions and even violating the social distancing rules imposed by the government.

The report also suggested that Claudine separated herself from the event as soon as the video went viral on social media.

Apart from her involvement in the show, the media outlet also reported that Claudine’s boyfriend and Oscar-winning actor Cuba Gooding Jr. also attended the concert that took place on July 25.  

However, Claudine has denied any association with the event and told the publication that she was just a “guest” while a spokesperson for In the Know Experiences noted that Claudine is an “independent contractor” for the company.

Governor Andrew Cuomo has already launched an investigation and demanded answers from Southampton’s Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman.

In a letter sent by Governor Cuomo's office, the New York State Health Commissioner said he is deeply “disturbed” after seeing reports of the “drive-in” concert held in Southampton that clearly violated the guidelines issued by the government.

“I am greatly disturbed by reports concerning the 'drive-in' concert held in your town this past weekend, which apparently involved thousands of people in close proximity, out of their vehicles, a VIP area where there was no pretense of a vehicle, and generally not adhering to social distancing guidance,” Cuomo wrote.

Meanwhile, the organizers issued a statement and revealed all the protocols were followed and the company also provided “complimentary face masks” to everyone who attended the event.

“Upon arrival, individuals within each car had their temperatures taken and were also provided complimentary face masks before driving to their designated 20' x 20' spot,” Billboard quoted the organizers, as saying.

Robert De Niro Actor Robert De Niro, who appears above at the world premiere of the film "Live From New York" during the Tribeca Film Festival this year, delivered a memorable commencement speech before graduates of the New York University Tisch School of the Arts May 22, 2015. Photo: Reuters