The embattled widow of late Hollywood legend Mickey Rooney has insisted to The NATIONAL ENQUIRER: “I didn’t kill Mickey! I loved him!”
In an exclusive interview, Jan Chamberlin — reeling from claims that she subjected the beloved 5-foot-2 star, who died April 6 at age 93, to elder abuse — claimed her life has been a nightmare since her beloved husband passed.
“I cry every day without my Mickey,” she said, as she visited the Oscar-winning actor’s grave at Hollywood’s Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles.
“We had a wonderful life together. He treated me like a queen.”
Jan, a former nightclub singer, became Mickey’s eighth wife in 1978. At the time of his death, he was living with a stepson and his wife and Jan reportedly hadn’t seen her husband in a year.
In a bombshell report in The ENQUIRER’s Dec. 8 issue, shocking photos from Dec. 2011 showed Mickey bloodied and bruised after being found in a pool of blood.
In another, taken Jan. 9, 2012, the 5-foot-2 star was missing a tooth and had a black eye.
We also reported that startling audiotapes recorded between 2010 and 2012 captured vicious arguments between the pair.
In one recording, Jan was heard saying: “You lying piece of s—! Get out of my life!”
Armed with this evidence, enraged family members want his death case reopened and plan to present a secret dossier to law enforcement authorities.
But stressed Jan: “Mickey would yell and I would yell back. That’s just the way we communicated.”
Of the photos, she added: “He tripped on the back doorstep and that’s how he hurt his head. And Mickey always had a missing tooth. He had posts, so he was always losing a tooth. There was no abuse!”