Actor Mickey Rooney tells Congress of abuse
In court documents, Rooney accused his stepson Christopher Aber of intimidating and bullying him and blocking access to his mail. The documents also alleged Aber deprived Rooney of medications and food.
“My money was taken and misused. When I asked for information, I was told that I couldn’t have any of my own information,” Rooney told the committee. “I was literally left powerless.”
Rooney rose to fame as a child star in the 1930s and 1940s when he made more than a dozen Andy Hardy movies. He appeared frequently alongside Judy Garland and, in his heyday, was one of Hollywood‘s biggest stars, receiving a junior Oscar in 1938.
Rooney continued to work in movies and television into his late 80s, appearing in the 2006 film comedy “Night at the Museum,” among other works.
Rooney told the Senate committee he suffered in silence for years because “I couldn’t muster the courage to seek the help I knew I needed.”
He urged elderly victims to speak out whenever they could.
“Please, for yourself, end the cycle of abuse and do not allow yourself to be silenced any longer,” he said.
Rooney eventually won a court order handing control of his affairs over to a Los Angeles attorney and obtained a restraining order against his stepson, who was ordered by the court to stay at least 100 yards from Rooney and his home.
In testimony to the Senate panel, Rooney suggested Congress enact legislation strengthening the law enforcement response to allegations of elder abuse.
A study by the Government Accountability Office released at the hearing estimated 14 percent of elderly Americans experienced some form of abuse in 2009.
The abuse can range from financial exploitation to physical harm and neglect.
“The actual level of elder abuse may be far worse than estimated because many seniors become socially isolated or feel shame about their situation,” Dr. Mark Lachs, who heads an elder abuse center in New York, said in testimony to the committee.
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Posted on March 8, 2011, in Abuse, Elder Abuse, Senior Issues, Violence and Abuse and tagged Abuse, Andy Hardy, cycle of abuse, Elder Abuse, elder care, elder fraud, financial exploitation, Government Accountability Office, Hollywood, isolation, Judy Garland, List of United States Senate committees, Los Angeles, Mickey Rooney, neglect, Senior Issues, United States Senate Special Committee on Aging, Violence and Abuse. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.