Mickey Rooney Addresses Congress About Elder Abuse
Legendary star of the silver screen Mickey Rooney, 90, is breaking his silence about the abuse he suffered at the hands of his stepson, Christopher Aber, and his stepson's wife, Christina Aber.
Last month Rooney filed a restraining order against the Abers, citing verbal, emotional, and financial abuse. He claims they even denied him such basics as food, medicine, and access to his personal documents. "For years I suffered silently, unable to muster the courage to seek the help that I knew I needed," Rooney told a Senate committee in Washington on Wednesday. "Even when I tried to speak up, I was silenced. It seemed like no one believed me. But I never gave up."
Throughout his eight-decade career, Rooney frequently starred in movies alongside Judy Garland, and he received four Oscar nominations and one honorary Academy Award. "If elder abuse happened to me, Mickey Rooney, it can happen to anyone," he told the committee, which aims to coordinate federal and state funding to combat elder abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation.
The Abers are required to stay at least 100 yards from Rooney and his home at all times. —KIMBERLY STEELE
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