Screen legend Rooney living in fear of his 'abusive' stepson
VETERAN Hollywood star Mickey Rooney lives in fear of his stepson and has been granted a restraining order against him.
A Los Angeles court was told that stepson Chris Aber is accused of withholding food and medicine from the 90-year-old.
The court also heard how the now frail actor got an injunction which prohibits Mr Aber from coming within 100 yards of him.
Rooney is described as still being sharp-witted though a little weak.
In a statement issued yesterday, he said: "All I want to do is live a peaceful life, to regain my life and be happy.
"I pray to God each day to protect us, help us endure, and guide those other senior citizens who are also suffering."
"Chris is verbally abusive toward Mickey," court papers claim.
"He yells and screams at Mickey. He threatens, intimidates, bullies, and harasses Mickey.
"Mickey is effectively a prisoner in his own home," according to the papers lodged in court.
Aber has also been accused of interfering with his personal finances.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Reva Goetz sanctioned the seclusion order after lawyers for Rooney sought protection for the Academy Award-nominated actor, claiming he lives in fear of his stepson.
The order requires Aber to stay 100 yards away from the actor and his home. It also stipulates that he must refrain from contacting the actor until a hearing on Feb 24, when the restraining order may be extended.
In other documents filed, Aber is accused of forcing Rooney to make certain personal appearances; they also allege that he was forced to sign financial documents without reading them.
Attempts to contact Aber yesterday were unsuccessful.
The actor's lawyers have also obtained a temporary order to protect Rooney's personal and financial interests. The order allows the lawyers to secure Rooney's financial assets and to obtain control of his website and any financial documents in Aber's possession.
The veteran actor's film career spans more than eight decades and he has received four Academy Award nominations and an honourary Oscar.
In the 1930s and 40s, he played Andy Hardy in a series of films, and he received his first Oscar nominations in 1939 for 'Babes in Arms' and in 1943 for 'The Human Comedy'.