Mickey Rooney and familyR

PICTURED ABOVE: Mark Aber (front left), stepson of Mickey Rooney (center) by his eighth wife Jan (top right), alleges that his mother physically and mentally abused the actor, while older brother Chris (top left) siphoned off his money.

*I am proudly showing my age here. Because I can recall growing up to a talented actor who always made me feel good.

His mere presence brought a smile to my face. When I saw his movies, I didn’t think about race, financial issues or how crappy a day I may have been having. His work just made me smile.

Which is why it is so very sad to hear that one of my Hollywood idols, Mickey Rooney, suffered elder abuse in his final years…at the hands of his eighth wife, Jan.

Rooney died on April 6, 2014 at the age of 93, and the recent expose by Hollywood Reporter who later posed their own investigation and gained access to legal docs, witness testimony, and financial records never published before, puts him back in the news now.

It also shows Rooney suffered abuse greater than he revealed (scroll down).

No doubt someone, hell-bent on being negative, will dig and find something they will be considered ‘racist’ in Rooney’s past; whether it be something in his work on the “Hardy Boys” films of old or anything else. But let me spare those folks the effort right now: keep it to yourself.

I’m just not interested.

Elder abuse is real. And it doesn’t consider your race. It is initiated and sustained by thoughtless, careless, greedy individuals. Wolves in sheep’s clothing. And so many people who worked their entire lives, have now lost the ability due to age to be independent. And as a result, they are vulnerable.

Read more about elder abuse and watch two videos (even one about Michael Jackson…huh?) at EURThisNthat.