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Mickey Rooney: Stepson convinced me I was broke

September 16, 2011 |  8:09 am


Actor Mickey Rooney filed suit this week in Los Angeles County Superior Court against his stepson and other defendants for allegedly defrauding him by making him believe that he was broke.

It's the latest instance of litigation involving Rooney, 90, and his stepson Christoper Aber.

"While Chris instilled fear in Mickey and kept him in poverty, Chris took advantage of his unfettered access to Mickey's income," the suit claimed, according to the Associated Press. "Chris consistently paid himself a generous salary from Mickey's earnings, took 'advances' on his salary, and spent Mickey's money as if it were his own."

In February, a court ordered Aber to turn over all of the actor's identification cards — including his passport, state ID card, various insurance cards and his Screen Actor's Guild membership card — and to continue to abide by a temporary restraining order.

Rooney has alleged in that case that Aber had been physically and emotionally abusing him for several years by depriving him of food and medications, prohibiting him from leaving his house and taking control over his finances. Aber denied the allegations.


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Photo: Mickey Rooney. Credit: Associated Press