Mickey Rooney 'wore out the casting couch' and was 'abrasive and nasty,' new book alleges

Mickey Rooney is among the high-profile stars targeted in a new tell-all book, "True Confessions of a Shameless Gossip."

The late actor allegedly "wore out the casting couch," offering film roles (that often didn't actually exist) in exchange for sexual favors from young actresses, according to author Craig Bennett, who recounts his experiences with the Hollywood elite in the upcoming memoir.

“In person, Mickey could be blisteringly bombastic," Craig writes. "A former Hollywood PR friend of mine labeled Mickey abrasive, nasty, curt and rude."

Although the claims are salacious, Rooney was never known for being particularly monogamous: The actor was married a remarkable eight times over three decades, with each divorce followed very quickly by the next wedding. However, the characterization of him as "abrasive" and "rude" does contradict his public image.

The actor, who died at 93 in 2014, has a number of children and relatives who work in the entertainment industry. There's not yet been an official response to the book's allegations.

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American actors Mickey Rooney & Judy Garland (1922 - 1969) pose behind a microphone, a script in hand, during the CBS Lux Radio Theater broadcast of 'Strike Up the Band,' Hollywood, California, October 28, 1940. (Photo by CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images)
American actor Mickey Rooney and his first wife American actress Ava Gardner (1922 - 1990) sit at a table and make googoo eyes at each other, early 1940s. (Photo by Jack Albin/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - MARCH 05: In The Florentine Room Of The Beverly-Wilshire Hotel, Mickey Roonet And The Young Mgm Star Rita Quigley 19400305. (Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)
Actress Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney in a scene from the movie "Strike Up the Band" (Photo by Donaldson Collection/Getty Images)
Actor Mickey Rooney in a striped shirt and sweater vest at the races at Hollywood's Santa Anita. (Photo by Alexander Paal/Condé Nast via Getty Images)
Mickey Rooney in publicity portrait, Circa 1940. (Photo by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/Getty Images)
1940: Mickey Rooney as the young inventor in the film 'Young Tom Edison', directed by Norman Taurog for MGM. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
1940: Actors Judy Garland (1922 - 1969) and Mickey Rooney hold hands in a still from the film 'Andy Hardy Meets a Debutante', directed by George B Seitz. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Promotional portrait of Mickey Rooney (top), Elizabeth Taylor and Jackie Butch Jenkins for the film, 'National Velvet,' c. 1945. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
THE MICKEY ROONEY SHOW -- Season 1 -- Pictured: (l-r) Mickey Rooney as Mickey Mulligan, wife/actress Elaine Devry -- Photo by: NBC/NBCU Photo Bank
MICKEY ROONEY -- Pictured: Actor Mickey Rooney -- Photo by: Gerald Smith/NBCU Photo Bank
(Original Caption) Judy Garland's first trip to this resort city brought about a reunion with her childhood costar, Mickey Rooney. It was Mickey's opening appearance at the Riviera Hotel there. The two made several pictures together years ago and received juvenile "Oscars" at the time.
(Original Caption) Named in Jelke Trial. Hollywood: Chief Defense attorney George W. Hertz, in his opening statement to the Jelke vice trial jury in New York, brought the name of Mickey Rooney (shown with his wife, Elaine) into the case when he said Rooney once entertained Pat Ward, cafe society call girl, in a Manhattan hotel. In Hollywood, Rooney hotly denied the statement and said the current Jelke trial "is a big hunk of nothing."
(Original Caption) Takes After Dad. Hollywood, California: Timmy Rooney, 13, is shown with his famous father, Mickey Rooney, as the boy started work on his first motion picture, December 7. In the picture, The Big Bankroll, Timmy plays the part of a young character while his father plays the same character as an adult.
(Original Caption) Santa Monica, Calif.: It's all smiles and two fingers for Mickey Rooney, but his smiling two fingered gesture is to show that he has double troubles with ex-wives. Two of his ex-wives are suing him for support payments. He claimed in Santa Monica court that he earned $75,000 this year, but he owes $175,000.
ITALY - APRIL 01: Mickey Rooney Portrait 19660401. (Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)
(Original Caption) Margaret Rooney, 45, actor Mickey Rooney's sixth wife, filed for divorce against the chunky actor on December 23rd. Mr. and Mrs. Rooney are shown (in a 1966 file photo), as they looked just after their Las Vegas wedding on September 10, 1966.
Suzanne Somers with Mickey Rooney. Rooney was appearing in "Sugar Babies".; circa 1970; New York. (Photo by Art Zelin/Getty Images)
African American entertainer Sammy Davis Junior hugs Mickey Rooney, 1970. (Photo by Afro American Newspapers/Gado/Getty Images)
Mickey Rooney à Paris en septembre 1975, en France. (Photo by François LOCHON/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
Promotion portrait of American actor Mickey Rooney standing outside and gesturing with a pair of glasses in his hand, 1975. (Photo by MGM Studios/Courtesy of Getty Images)
Mickey Rooney (Photo by Betty Galella/WireImage)
(Original Caption) New York: Mickey Rooney gets birthday cake from some of the cast of Sugar Babies during birthday celebration. Rooney celebrated his 60th birthday.
American actor Mickey Rooney, wearing a chef's hat, holds platter of seafood at his restaurant, Mickey Rooney's Cafe, Ft. Lee, New Jersey, 1985. (Photo by Ann Clifford/DMI/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
American actor Mickey Rooney (third from left) and eighth wife Jan Chamberlin with her sons and his stepsons Mark and Chris on a street, 1980s. (Photo by Darlene Hammond/Getty Images)
Mickey Rooney during National Cable Forum at Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles, CA, United States. (Photo by Jim Smeal/WireImage)
UNITED STATES - MARCH 17: Mickey Rooney (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Actor Mickey Rooney attends 37th Annual Publicist's Guild of America Awards on March 22, 2000 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actor Mickey Rooney and wife Jan Rooney attend 27th Annual Vision Awards on June 17, 2000 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 2854 -- Pictured: (l-r) Actor Mickey Rooney on January 14, 2005 -- (Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 27: Legendary actor Mickey Rooney poses prior to participating in the 2005 Hollywood Christmas Parade on November 27, 2005 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
Actor Mickey Rooney and wife Jan arrive on the red carpet for the 50th anniversary birthday bash for the Hollywood Walk of Fame at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood on November 3, 2010. AFP PHOTO/Mark RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 22: Actress Tori Spelling, actor Mickey Rooney and Jan Rooney visit SIRIUS XM Studio on September 22, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Henry S. Dziekan III/Getty Images)
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