Actor Mickey Rooney Testifies Before Congress About Elder Abuse
Actor Mickey Rooney has had lots of roles in his career. Perhaps one of the most important came Wednesday testifying before Congress about elder abuse. Rooney told a special Senate committee considering legislation to curb abuses of senior citizens that he was left powerless by a family member who misused his money.
“I felt trapped, scared, used and frustrated,” Rooney said. “But above all, when a man feels helpless, it’s terrible.”
The 90-year-old Rooney said Elder Abuse is sometimes physical, emotional and in his case, financial.
In his testimony, Rooney did not identify the family member he contends abused him. But he has obtained a restraining order from a judge in Los Angeles keeping his stepson, Chris Aber, away from him until an April 5 court hearing.
Rooney has accused Aber in court filings of withholding food and medicine and meddling in his personal finances. Attempts by The Associated Press to find a working phone number for Aber have been unsuccessful.