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Mickey Rooney

Slammed by Former Asst.

'Gruff, Hostile and Rude'

10/20/2011 3:05 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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90-year-old Mickey Rooney is not the sweet, adorable guy he appears to be ...  at least according to legal docs filed by his former assistant, who claims the actor is a mean, abusive old man.

The woman behind the allegations is Cindy Smith -- who claims she served as Mickey's right hand lady from 1984 to 1991 and again from 2000 to 2010.

Rooney's lawyers recently filed a lawsuit against Smith -- accusing her of elder abuse and fraud.  But in new court documents, Smith says she is the real victim, because Rooney was a stubborn and abusive boss ... and all she did was try to look out for his best interests.

In the docs, Smith explains, "Mickey was condescending and gruff, hostile and rude, insulting and dismissive, and yelled quite often."

Cindy also claims Mickey was always looking to get himself involved in "get rich quick schemes" -- and she and Mickey's stepson would constantly have to protect him from squandering his money.

We've reached out to Mickey's lawyers for comment -- so far, no response.

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46.

EastCoastChopper    

Short Dudes named Rooney are always pricks! Just ask anyone who knows Andy Rooney. Arrogant, self absorbed, 60 minute prick!

995 days ago
47.

tellmeaboutit     

So what? She must not have been too upset, since she worked for him for 7 yrs and then again for 10 yrs. People are out of work, Miss Assistant, so suck it up or quit and let someone else do it. He's 90, if he wants to be crabby, then be crabby!!

995 days ago
48.

Samantha    

I worked on an independent film in 1997 with Mickey called The First of May (which also starred a very young Dan Byrd from the tv show Cougartown). I'd vouch for this lady ANY DAY. Mickey Rooney is the biggest prick I've ever met in my life. He was so miserable to work with that the guys that wrote the film actually re-wrote some scenes just to get rid of him sooner! He made Dan Byrd (who was only 12 at the time) cry and made disgusting, sexist remarks about Julie Harris (famous Broadway actress who was also in the film). Don't be fooled by the smiles and joking on-camera persona. He's a miserable ******* *******...trust me.

995 days ago
49.

Strace    

Soooooooooo....he was that bad that she went back to work for him again?????? Nice try lady.

995 days ago
50.

Marty    

All of us "old guys" are "condescending and gruff, hostile and rude, insulting and dismissive, and yell quite often." Just look at my old posts.

995 days ago
51.

Savvy    

All you ******** who call her a gold digger and say shes just "looking for another pay day"...read the article. He sued her first, she countersued...so...she's defending herself...this guy apparently is an ******* and in this economy, I don't blame her for not tossing away what is obviously a stable job.

995 days ago
52.

jak    

I never perceived him as warm and fuzzy. From way back in the day he has always seemed like a posterior orfice.

995 days ago
53.

jak    

It's called little man syndrome. He should be quarantined.

995 days ago
54.

Allison    

he's a 100 years old hes going to be rude hostile and gruff , its called a OLD person !! Go to a nursing home and you'll see A LOT of it honey.
Deal with it !!

995 days ago
55.

alien199330    

Pious guy.... http://www.ultramediasoft.com/

995 days ago
56.

jtw    

That's really nice..she and his stepson tried to keep him from squandering his money-- obviously so THEY could get it all--- I wonder when the stepson will file HIS law suit!

995 days ago
57.

Tammy    

If he want's to squander his money so what its his money he earned it and he's 90 years told let him enjoy the last days he has I would think the step-son is more concern that there might not be any left for him when Mickey dies. As for him being a grumpy old man big surprise he's 90 and looks like a grump who cares why the hell would you come back and work for him a 2nd time if he was so grumpy.

995 days ago
58.

steve feeley    

ive met hime before he is an *******

994 days ago
59.

JP    

she worked for him for almost 20 years! lying bitch

994 days ago
60.

carol    

He's paid his dues. He can be anyway he wants. If you don't like it - QUIT.

994 days ago
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