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Robert De Niro calls Jay-Z rude and disrespectful at party

Jay-Z has been bumped down a few notches on the Cool Guy Meter, because Vito Corleone himself, Robert De Niro called the rapper disrespectful. At Leonardo DiCaprio's birthday party, no less! Brooklyn Nets stock just plummeted.

The New York Post's Page Six says De Niro took Shawn Carter to task at a room full of A-listers including Martin Scorsese, Cameron Diaz, Jamie Foxx, Chris Rock, Jonah Hill, Edward Norton, Mark Ruffalo and Emma Watson because the actor said the rapper never returned De Niro's phone calls. Even Beyonce couldn't smooth over the row.

"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 told the paper. Apparently De Niro had tried to reach Jay-Z to discuss recording a song for the Tribeca Film Festival, but Carter gave him the silent treatment. "Bob wasn't in any mood to make polite conversation. 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. De Niro kept telling him that he thinks he's the man, but that he was disrespectful."

Jay-Z tried to joke and say he's bad on the telephone, but the Raging Bull star wasn't hearing it. "Beyoncé came over, but that didn't calm Bob down," the source added. "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."

Well, other sources say it was a pretty "low-key private conversation," but something tells us De Niro can be even more frightening when he's using hushed tones. But hey, Leo had a $3 million party to benefit his charity foundation, and this fight got some press for it, so everyone wins. Everyone by Jay-Z.

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