Robert De Niro accuses Apple of censoring awards speech

Robert De Niro, appearing onstage at the 2023 Gotham Awards in New York. | Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Gotham Film & Media Institute

Robert De Niro slammed Apple and the Gotham Film & Media Institute this week after claiming his speech for the Gotham Awards had been censored — allegedly by an Apple employee just minutes before the show started, according to Variety’s sources — to remove criticisms about Donald Trump and the entertainment industry.

The actor appeared onstage at the ceremony on Monday night for the presentation of the Gotham Historical Icon and Creator Tribute to Martin Scorsese’s Killers Of The Flower Moon, a film distributed by Apple that focuses on a series of murders targeting the Osage people in Oklahoma during the 1920s after oil was discovered on tribal land.

At first, De Niro said there was a mistake on the teleprompter, before realizing that…

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