Mickey Rooney Accuses Stepson of Bullying, Abuse

Judge grants actor a temporary restraining order
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 16, 2011 10:13 AM CST
Mickey Rooney Accuses Stepson of Bullying, Abuse
Mickey Rooney arrives at the Caudwell Children's Charity Legends Ball in London, Thursday May 8, 2008.   (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Mickey Rooney "is effectively a prisoner in his own home," according to a court filing accusing his stepson of verbally abusing the 90-year-old actor and withholding food and medicine. A judge granted Rooney a temporary restraining order against Chris Aber on Monday, ordering Aber to stay 100 yards away from Rooney and his home at least until a Feb. 24 hearing. Court documents claim Aber "threatens, intimidates, bullies, and harasses Mickey," forces him to make certain appearances, and meddles in his financial affairs, the AP reports.

"All I want to do is live a peaceful life, to regain my life and be happy," Rooney wrote in a statement. "I pray to God each day to protect us, help us endure, and guide those other senior citizens who are also suffering." (More Mickey Rooney stories.)

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