Hollywood actress Zsa Zsa Gabor has taken her only daughter FRANCESCA HILTON to court claiming she stole $2 million (GBP1.1 million) from her.

Gabor, 88, and her ninth husband Frederic Prinz von Anhalt accuse Hilton of conspiring to take out a $3.75 million (GBP2 million) loan against Gabor's Bel-Air, California home before then using $2 million (GBP1.1 million) from the transaction to buy a new house.

Hilton denied her mother's claims and told the court Gabor gave her the property, which she has lived in since 1982, "free and clear" in 1998.

Hilton, 47, also said Gabor asked her to organise the refinancing of her own $14 million (GBP7.8 million) home and that she has documentary evidence to support this.

Judge JAQUELINE CONNOR refused to freeze the assets on Hilton's home due to a lack of evidence she intends to sell it.

She said, "Ultimately, what appears to be at issue is not the property, but the money used to purchase the property."

Hilton's lawyer RONALD RICHARDS told the court a portion of the loan money had been invested on behalf of Gabor in New York and that she would be paid it back.

Gabor and her spouse accuse Hilton of fraud, elder abuse and emotional distress. Von Anhalt also claims Hilton gained access to her mother's will after manipulating her in March (05).

The veteran actress is reportedly suffering from poor mental health and has been paralysed since after being involved in a car accident three years ago.

29/06/2005 02:00