Hollywood veteran Mickey Rooney has launched a lawsuit against his stepson, accusing him of tricking the star out of millions of dollars.
The Babes on Broadway actor won a restraining order against Christopher Aber and his wife earlier this year amid claims Aber had been attempting to convince the star to sign over control of his assets, leaving the 90 year old fearing for his safety. Rooney's attorney Michael Augustine was appointed temporary conservator of his legal and financial affairs in March.
Now the actor is suing Aber, accusing him of spending the star's money "as if it were his own" and keeping him "in poverty," according to papers filed in Los Angeles.
Aber and his wife have been accused of breach of trust, abuse and fraud over the last decade, after he allegedly paid himself a generous salary out of Rooney's earnings.
The legal documents, obtained by the BBC, state, "While Chris instilled fear in Mickey and kept him in poverty, Chris took advantage of his unfettered access to Mickey's income. 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."
Nevertheless Aber, who is the son of Rooney's eighth wife Jan Chamberlin, is accusing the star's legal team of driving the case.
He says, "This lawsuit is not from Mickey Rooney - it's from his conservators who are stealing from him."