Mickey Rooney Accuses Step-Son of Elder Abuse

Mickey Rooney filed charges last Monday against his step-son for elder abuse. Rooney, who started his career at 15 months old, is a veteran actor best known for his comedic performances alongside such notables as Judy Garland, Spencer Tracy, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra and Audrey Hepburn.

The veteran actor, 90, claims his stepson is withholding food and medicine and interfering with his finances, the New York Daily News reported. On Monday, a judge granted him a temporary restraining order against his stepson, Chris Alber. He’s the son of Rooney’s eighth wife, January.

“Chris is verbally abusive toward Mickey,” court papers allege. “He yells and screams at Mickey. He threatens, intimidates, bullies, and harasses Mickey. Mickey is effectively a prisoner in his own home.” [Source]

According to Department of Health and Human Services Administration on Aging, elder abuse can include physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, exploitation, emotional abuse, abandonment or self-neglect. Warning signs can consist of bruises,  abrasions, poor hygiene, tense relationships, sudden decrease in alertness and unusual weight loss. Find out more information here.

We wish Mr. Rooney well as he seeks justice through the legal system.

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