The Emmy-award winning Mickey Rooney, one of the top movie stars of the 1930s and 1940s, testified before the U.S. Congress Wednesday about his experience with elder abuse, CBS News reports.
In a voice choking with emotion, Rooney said, "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." The 90-year-old actor said two of his stepchildren had taken control of his money and denied him his food and medications. Rooney testified that if elder abuse could happen to him, it could happen to anyone.
Rooney has a restraining order in place against his stepson, Christopher Aber, that orders Aber to keep away from Rooney.
In addition to his film career, Rooney has had an extensive career on television, including his own show, “The Mickey Rooney Show,” in the 1950s. He had a long run as Henry Dailey on “The New Adventures of the Black Stallion” in the 1990s, and most recently appeared as himself in an eisode of the Adult Swim show “Eagleheart.”