Court Hears Actor Mickey Rooney's Allegations of Elder Abuse

Famed actor Mickey Rooney has accused his stepson of elderly abuse.

By Caroline Tan
|  Monday, Jul 9, 2012  |  Updated 5:49 PM PDT
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Famed actor Mickey Rooney, 91, has accused his stepson of emotional and financial abuse. A Los Angeles court held a hearing in conservatorship proceedings for the actor Monday morning.

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Mickey Rooney's battle against alleged elder abuse continued Monday morning, following a hearing in conservatorship proceedings for the 91-year-old actor who has accused his stepson of maltreatment and meddling in his financial assets.

An official at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse (map) of the Los Angeles Superior Court, where Rooney's hearing was scheduled to take place, said she could not provide any details about the case.

Monday's hearing was another piece in Rooney's ongoing allegations that he had been emotionally, verbally and financially abused by his stepson, Christopher Aber, 52, and Aber's wife, Christina, 42.

Christopher and Christina Aber deprived Rooney of food and medications, and prohibited him from leaving his house, Rooney said.

"Over the course of time, my daily life became... unbearable," Rooney said in his March 2011 testimony to Congress. "I felt trapped, scared, used, frustrated and overall, when a man feels helpless, it's terrible."

Aber is the son of Rooney's current wife, Jan Chamberlin, who has joined her son in denying Rooney's accusations of elder abuse.

Rooney placed a restraining order against Christopher and Christina Aber last year, and has appointed attorney Michael Augustine to be the permanent conservator of his estate, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Aber was ordered last February to turn over his stepfather's identification cards, including Rooney's passport, state ID, insurance cards and Screen Actor's Guild membership, according to the Times.

Rooney's acting career has spanned nine decades and culminated in four Academy Award nominations, an honorary Oscar, and several Golden Globe and Emmy awards and nominations.

Recently, Rooney has become an advocate against elder abuse.

Roughly 2.1 million older Americans are victims of abuse or neglect, according to the American Psychological Association. For every reported case of elder abuse, experts estimate there are five unreported incidents.


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