Mickey Rooney’s attorneys have secured a restraining order to prevent his stepson Chris Aber from coming closer than 100 yards to Rooney after the attorneys said that his stepson was preventing him from eating and taking his medicine.
Rooney is claiming to be living in fear of his stepson who is alleged to have done the following in this statement to the court:
“Chris is verbally abusive toward Mickey,” the court filing states. “He yells and screams at Mickey. He threatens, intimidates, bullies, and harasses Mickey.
“Mickey is effectively a prisoner in his own home,” the filing states.
His attorneys also took steps to protect his financial interests.
It is sad that the 90 year old actor couldn’t live his golden years in peace without the alleged abuse from his stepson.
My question is how this could have happened with his eighth wife Jan Chamberlin living in the house or did the abuse happen while she was away from home. It makes me wonder if she was being terrorized too and scared to report this. Another question is how long this has been going on.
This story reminds me of other Hollywood celebrities who were physically and/or financially abused by a relative or a caretaker.
It reminds me of Erin Fleming and the way she mistreated Groucho Marx before his death. This paragraph from her Wikipedia page is an example of the way she treated Marx:
In the years leading up to Marx’s death in 1977, his heirs filed several lawsuits against her. One allegation leveled against Fleming was that she was determined to sell Marx’s favorite car, a Cadillac, against his wishes. When Marx protested, it was said, Fleming threatened, “I will slap you from here to Pittsburgh.”
Now many years later Mickey Rooney is enduring the same kind of treatment that Marx received. After all the years that Rooney entertained his fans in his movies 70 years ago while making the Andy Hardy movies he deserves a better fate than to be terrorized by a stepson.
It will be interesting to see what happens at the February 24 hearing that could extend the restraining order. It is a mystery to me how this could go on without his wife notifying someone about the abuse.
Mickey Rooney deserves to live his last years in peace and hopefully the restraining order will be the first step in assuring him that the alleged abuse is over.
The following article from the Baltimore Sun and a video from KTLA in Los Angeles give more details. The stepson is shown in the video denying the charges of abuse.
One of Rooney’s attorneys said that his client had to sneak out of the house at night to meet with the attorneys and showed them an empty wallet with no money or any forms of identification.