ALMOST a year to the day after her near-fatal Thanksgiving car crash, Zsa Zsa Gabor filed suit against her hairdresser friend Jaren Millard, who was driving the car.

The 86-year-old legend and her eighth husband Prince Frederic von Anhalt, 60, are both suing Millard, 58, even though Millard has no job and lives off his disability payments.

“Under civil law, we had to sue Jaren before the year was up or we lost the opportunity forever,” von Anhalt told The ENQUIRER in an exclusive interview. “I filed for loss of companionship, love, comfort and affection while my wife filed for her medical bills and personal injury.

“Zsa Zsa is still in a wheelchair, unable to walk and unable to work. She is recovering, but very slowly.”

On November 19, Beverly Hills attorney Ronald Palmieri filed a general negligence suit on Zsa Zsa’s behalf against Millard for “hospital and medical expenses, general damage, loss of earning capacity, pain and suffering and loss of consortium.”

The accident occurred on Nov. 27, 2002, while Zsa Zsa was a passenger in a 1991 Chevrolet Camaro driven by Millard. He went off the road and struck a utility pole, injuring both Zsa Zsa and himself.

Asked how the couple expect to recover money from Millard, who claims to be broke, von Anhalt explained:

“Jaren’s brother gave him the car he was driving, and we think the car could also belong to his brother, who we understand owns or operates a business.

“If this is true, the brother and the brother’s insurance would be liable.”

But a friend of Millard declared: “Jaren’s brother gave him the car he was driving the evening of the accident. But his brother put the car in Jaren’s name, so I don’t see how Zsa Zsa and the prince can consider the brother liable for the costs.

“And Jaren had no insurance coverage.”

Oddly, when The ENQUIRER contacted Zsa Zsa by phone to ask her about the lawsuit, she appeared to be unaware of it, saying: “It’s a mistake. I know nothing about it. I didn’t file a suit.” Then the line went dead. — PATRICIA TOWLE