Actor Mickey Rooney Accuses Stepson of Abuse
Rooney accuses his stepson of draining him financially, verbally abusing him and denying him basic necessities.
Mickey Rooney (Getty Images)
According to court documents filed Monday, the couple is accused of draining Mr. Rooney financially, verbally abusing him, and denying him basic necessities, including food.
At an emergency hearing Monday morning, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Reva Goetz appointed a temporary conservator for Mr. Rooney and his estate. Judge Goetz also signed a temporary restraining order against Mr. Rooney's stepson, Chris Aber and his wife Christina ordering them to stay away from Mr. Rooney.
The court documents say Chris Aber "is verbally abusive toward Mickey. He yells and screams at Mickey. He threatens, intimidates, bullies and harasses Mickey." The court documents go on to say Aber has taken complete control of Mickey's finances and his appearance schedule -- making Mickey "effectively a prisoner in his own home."
In addition to the verbal abuse, the court filings say Chris Aber "deprived Mickey of medications he needs and daily necessities, including food."
Attorneys Bruce Ross and Vivian Thoreen of Holland & Knight filed the court papers to remove Aber from Mickey's life and to appoint a temporary conservator.
"What was happening to Mickey was wrong -- plain and simple," said Ross. "Holland and Knight is privileged to help Mickey take this first step so he can once again gain control of his life."
Mr. Rooney, 90, is mentally sharp and ready and willing to put this ordeal behind him.
"All I want to do is live a peaceful life, to regain my life and be happy," Rooney wrote in a statement to his fans. "I pray to God each day to protect us, help us endure, and guide those other senior citizens who are also suffering."
Mickey Rooney is a Hollywood legend whose career spans nearly his entire life.
He has won multiple awards, including an Academy Award, a Golden Globe and an Emmy Award and has four stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.