That year Rooney took his stepson Christopher Aber and others to court on allegations that they tricked him into thinking he was on the brink of poverty while defrauding him out of millions and bullying him into continuing to work. At the time, Aber declined comment on the suit except to say, "this lawsuit is not from Mickey Rooney — it's from his conservators who are stealing from him." The New York Times reported that the suit was settled last year.
Biographical material in this story was written by former AP reporter David Germain and the late AP reporter Bob Thomas. AP National Writer Hillel Italie in New York and writers Lynn Elber and Sue Manning in Los Angeles contributed to this report.