Robert De Niro Says Jay-Z Is "Rude" & "Disrespectful" For Not Returning His Phone Calls

Robert De Niro and Jay-Z
got into a tense beef at Leonardo DiCaprio’s birthday bash the other night, when De Niro called the rapper disrespectful.

Spies say “Godfather II” and “Taxi Driver” star De Niro gave Jay a dressing-down in a roomful of celebs including Martin Scorsese because the rap mogul had refused to return De Niro’s calls.

Sources add that Jay tried to joke his way out of the situation, and even his wife, Beyoncé, tried to intervene, but De Niro wouldn’t back down.

“Bob was sitting at a table, and when Jay-Z went over to say hello, De Niro told Jay that he never called him back,” a source says.

A spy then overheard De Niro complaining to the rapper, a fellow TriBeCa resident, about a song Jay-Z agreed to record for the Tribeca Film Festival. De Niro had reached out to discuss further details, but Jay never returned his calls.

“Bob wasn’t in any mood to make polite conversation,” the spy says. “He told Jay that if somebody calls you six times, you call them back. It doesn’t matter who you are, that is just rude.”

When Jay-Z tried to make a joke of it, saying he is terrible on the phone, a source says, “De Niro kept telling him that he thinks he’s the man, but that he was disrespectful.’ ”

“Beyoncé came over, but that didn’t calm Bob down,” the source said, adding that afterward, “It was the talk of the party. Everyone was saying there’s only one star in New York bigger and badder than Jay-Z, and that’s Robert De Niro. He can be quite scary when he’s angry.”

But a source close to De Niro told NYPost, “It was a low-key private conversation between two people that was apparently overheard. It was not a heated discussion.”

The Darby bash, which sources say ended at 5 a.m. with a tab of nearly $3 million, much of which went to the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, drew Cameron Diaz, Jamie Foxx, Chris Rock, Jonah Hill, Edward Norton, Mark Ruffalo and Emma Watson.

Reps for both De Niro and Jay-Z declined to comment.


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Comment by Rahiem Drinkwater on November 15, 2012 at 5:59pm
I heard Eminem is going to ghost write a battle verse for Rob
Comment by M.K.J... on November 15, 2012 at 5:35pm
Comment by Head Cuttin Ed on November 15, 2012 at 4:47pm
Jay-Z has met his match
anyone looking to make easy money go to
Comment by Lee Davis on November 15, 2012 at 4:22pm
Lol. I guess the mobster in him comes out occasionally. No wonder he's so convincing.

"You mutt. You f'n mutt."
Comment by Henry_corp on November 15, 2012 at 4:02pm
respectfully to the guy below who is sayin basically jay did the right thing cuz robert is emotional or what ever he was sayin..
jay z is not the same cloth as robert... theres rules to everything
guess im too italian ... even though im half jamaican also
somethings dont need to be explained....
money is money power is power
put ya chips up
put ur goons lol or mobsters up
when the dust settles
tally up who owes who respect !!!
Comment by sinai on November 15, 2012 at 3:59pm
@dee yeah but he is a whole lot better actor than jay, he was role model of the role model of jay!
back at you clown..
Comment by Pappy Mason on November 15, 2012 at 2:43pm
Now if Jay would of put hands on him he would be the villain of the century now he dont want them rich white people to hate him why cuz it would cost him money at the end of the day so Jay played it smart so for you simple minded people look at the bigger picture
Comment by BuckDat on November 15, 2012 at 2:41pm
If he never made a single film past the 80's, he'd still be an all-time great.
Comment by Loudakris on November 15, 2012 at 2:23pm
De Niro doesn't NEED to make "recent" movies. He has enough classic movies under his belt.
Comment by LadyTruth®™ on November 15, 2012 at 2:04pm
LOL Jay Z is mad De Niro did movies w/ Fif but never him lol!! Fug JayZ De Niro you have Fif.. That's better & Em if ya want him Im sure maybe Dre ...we need an Em, Fif, De Niro, Dre,Pacino & maybe Cube & Ice T movie that would be super Gangsta!!!

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