Mickey Rooney: Elder Abuse Made Me 'Prisoner in My Own Home' (Video)
Mickey Rooney emotionally testified in front of the Senate Special Committee on Aging Wednesday about elder abuse he experienced at the hands of his wife and stepson.
Rooney, a Lifetime Achievement Oscar winner with a decade-spanning career, said that Christina Aber and son Christopher, 52, withheld food and medication, kept him a "prisoner in his home" and stole money from him.
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"My money was stolen from me. I was eventually stripped of the ability to make even the most basic decisions … my daily life became unbearable," Rooney said Wednesday in Washington, D.C. Watch NBC Nightly News With Brian Williams' video, above.
"When a man feels helpless, it is terrible. And I was helpless … for years I suffered silently, unable to muster the courage to seek the help I knew I needed. I’m asking you to stop this elderly abuse," added Rooney, who has nine children. "Stop it now. Now tomorrow, not next month, but now."
Rooney will return to court on April 5 to ask a judge to extend his restraining order against Aber. He is currently under the conservatorship of his lawyer.
Rooney was featured in The Hollywood Reporter's 80th anniversary Legends of Hollywood special.