Raphael De Niro brought a surprise to a screening of HBO’s “The Wizard of Lies,” starring his father, Robert De Niro, as Ponzi schemer Bernie Madoff.
On the arm of the Douglas Elliman broker at the Museum of Modern Art — instead of his wife, Claudine DeMatos — was fashion stylist Hannah Carnes.
“Raphael has been lying low since he separated with his wife two years ago. But he recently filed for divorce and started dating again,” one source said.
Hannah posted a photo on Instagram in December of Raphael and her on a beach, captioned “Birthday celebrations with my favorite person on earth.”
The couple avoided the red carpet where Michelle Pfeiffer (who portrays Ruth Madoff), Cuba Gooding Jr., Hank Azaria, Edie Falco and Harry Connick Jr. posed for photos.
Also at the dinner after the screening were Tom Brokaw, Giants legend Harry Carson and Patriots owner Robert Kraft.
Although Raphael’s sister Drena has acted in a number of movies with their Oscar-winning dad, “Raphael doesn’t like the spotlight,” said my source. “The producers of ‘Million Dollar Listing New York’ called a couple of times, but he won’t even return their calls.”
The father of three sticks to real estate and is a partner with his dad in the Greenwich Hotel.
“Like father, like son,” the source said. “He works 24/7.”
The De Niro team at Douglas Elliman, now in its 13th year, averages over $250 million in yearly sales. Raphael sold two apartments worth a total of $55 million in 2010 to Malaysian middleman Jho Low, who is now at the center of a corruption investigation.