Good Times actor John Amos has slammed his daughter’s bizarre attempt to claim he was ‘fighting for his life’ after suffering ‘elder abuse.’
Amos, 83, told a fundraiser allegedly created by his daughter Shannon was based on a lie, and he was never the victim of any abuse.
The fundraiser, which set a target of $500,000, claimed the actor, dubbed ‘America’s Dad’, fell victim to a ‘caregiver’ who stole from him, stripping his home of ‘anything valuable’.
But Amos quickly shot down the allegations and said he has no idea why his daughter launched the fundraiser, according to the outlet.
‘America’s Dad’ John Amos dances with his daughter Shannon Amos
His daughter Shannon Amos said his ordeal started last month, when she received a distressing phone call from her father telling her he was in a hospital in Memphis.
However, while the fundraiser claims he was ‘fighting for his life in the ICU’, Amos’ rep told the outlet that the actor has ‘recently started to feel 100 percent.’
The 83-year-old was admitted to hospital because his lower body was filling with fluid up to his abdomen, causing issues with his heart. The rep reportedly said doctors have successfully drained it, and he is on the mend.
The fundraiser which was purportedly meant to help him with legal fees and costs of his medical care claimed that he was only able to call his daughter briefly from his hospital bed before ‘his pain became too unbearable’.
Shannon did not offer any details of the abuse in her appeal, except noting that the 83-year-old’s home had been ‘violated, stripped of anything valuable’.
She added that the family is working with the Colorado Bureau of Investigations and local police to ‘seek justice’.
‘The cruelty inflicted upon my dad leaves me questioning what kind of human could commit such acts,’ Shannon added. ‘Yet, we hold onto hope that justice will prevail.
‘We are deeply saddened by John’s victimization through elder abuse, neglect, and fiduciary abuse, believed to be perpetrated by a trusted caregiver.
‘This betrayal has devastated us, and we are resolute in continuing a thorough investigation.’
Amos shot to household-name status in the 1970s with his starring role as the patriarch James in Good Times.
He went on to feature in over 200 TV shows and films, including The West Wing, Coming to America and Me Time.