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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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61.

susette    

the guy is 90 what do you expect? and if he is so rotten, why did she work for him a 2nd time?

1069 days ago
62.

Me    

Why would she go back and work for him ANOTHER TEN YEARS if he was THAT BAD. Come on.....I think this is just another person trying to get rich off of a rich actor.

1069 days ago
63.

Christina G.    

I've never understood why he was a star in the first place. He seems like a horse's rear.

1069 days ago
64.

R    

She's full of bs. She sure stayed working for him all those years. She an absolute lying beeyotch. She should burn in hell.

1069 days ago
65.

Bob Edwards    

My father, Douglas Edwards, hardly ever made a critical remark about anyone he knew except Mickey Rooney. After spending time with Mickey in England during World war 11,dad basically told me that Mickey was a mean drunk and rude to everyone.

1069 days ago
66.

carol    

Never said he was a nice person - heard rumors a long time he could be mean but if you don't like it, leave. Don't let the door kick you in the behind - she came back to work for him more again. Don't think he was a real nice person but he was an good actor and deserves respect for getting as old as he has. Ask one of his 8, 9 or 10 former wives. Why do you think he had so many wives? Probably not fun to live with.

1069 days ago
67.

Noneurbusiness    

Dude is 90 yrs old. He's earned the right to be grumpy. lmao

1069 days ago
68.

CE    

when he called vedette productions, he would start with "hello, honey, this is mickey rooney, is so-and-so there? when we said he's not here, he would go off and curse us. if he calls again, and the person he's looking for is still not at the office, he would scream, curse, accuse, and after he's done, he'd bang the phone on us.

1069 days ago
69.

Karen12    

Nothing about him has ever seemed sweet and adorable to me.

1068 days ago
70.

Hellodali    

He was a guest at Dragon*Con a few years ago and he was gruff and aggravated during his panel. It was like a hour with your grumpy old granddad. His most used answer was "it was just a job, just like any other job." He answered more than have his questions about working with this great or that or on this great movie or that with this answer.

1068 days ago
71.

Alex    

Did you photoshop his ears? One is small and the other is massive lmao hahaha

1068 days ago
72.

Daniel Mountain    

Grumpy old bastard. He should be grateful there are still people there to serve his needs in life.

1067 days ago
73.

mel693    

Mickey, you behave yourself!!!

1054 days ago
74.

Sue    

The Personal Assistant is such a trap. You will inevitably get treated like crap. I think the entertainment industry is actually a plague to California. It poisons the air worse than smog.

945 days ago
75.

foff    

Rot in hell Mr. Rooney! I never believed you were the "Mr. Nice Guy" you made yourself out to be. You were a filthy pig and treated women miserably. You should have been thrown in jail along with your filthy crony cohorts. Good riddance Ahole!

170 days ago
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