Mickey Rooney's former assistant has dismissed reports she defrauded the Hollywood veteran, insisting she simply discouraged him from investing in "get rich quick schemes."
Lawyers for the 90 year old actor recently filed papers against Cindy Smith, who reportedly worked for Rooney from 1984 to 1991 and again from 2000 to 2010, alleging she defrauded the star and was emotionally cruel to him.
Smith has now submitted her own court documents, obtained by TMZ.com, claiming that she looked out for the star's best interests.
She also alleges Rooney was a tough employer, declaring, "Mickey was condescending and gruff, hostile and rude, insulting and dismissive - and yelled quite often."
The legal action came after the Babes on Broadway star won a restraining order against his stepson, Christopher Aber, and his wife amid claims Aber had been attempting to convince the star to sign over control of his assets, leaving the ageing actor fearing for his safety.