One of the heroes of American’s Apollo space program is now engaged in a lawsuit against his own children, while his children have filed a petition saying he is suffering from dementia.
This is not how we think the storybook life of Buzz Aldrin should be remembered. Aldrin, a legendary American astronaut and the second man to walk on the moon, has sued his adult children, saying that they are slandering him by saying he has dementia. The two adult children have asked a judge to name them as his legal guardians, as reported in a recent article from Stuff, “Buzz Aldrin sues children, alleging misuse of his finances.”
The children said Buzz was associating with new friends, who were trying to alienate him from his family and that he had been spending his assets at "an alarming rate.'' They filed a petition claiming their father was suffering from memory loss, delusions, paranoia and confusion.
The 88-year-old Aldrin underwent his own mental evaluation that was conducted by a geriatric psychiatrist at UCLA last April. The doctor said Aldrin scored "superior to normal'' for his age on tests.
"I also believe that he is perfectly capable of providing for his physical health needs, food, clothing and shelter and is substantially able to manage his finances and resist fraud and undue influence,'' said Dr. James Spar in a letter to Aldrin's attorney.
Aldrin asked a judge to remove Andrew from control of his financial affairs, social media accounts and several nonprofit and business enterprises. Andrew was a trustee of his father's trust. Buzz said in the complaint that despite revoking the power of attorney he had given his son, Andrew continued making financial decisions for him.
"Specifically, defendant Andrew Aldrin, as trustee, does not inform plaintiff of pending or future business transactions, removes large sums of monies from plaintiff’s accounts and continues to represent plaintiff in business and social capacities, despite plaintiff's repeated requests for such representations to be terminated,'' the lawsuit said.
In his complaint, Aldrin accused Janice of not acting in his financial interests and conspiracy. Buzz also accused his former manager, Christina Korp, of fraud, exploitation of the elderly and unjust enrichment. Several businesses and foundations operated by the family are also named in the lawsuit.
This past June, Aldrin was at the White House when President Trump announced that he wanted the Pentagon to create the “Space Force” as a new military branch. Aldrin was a member of the Apollo 11 crew that landed the first two people ever to walk on the moon.
Reference: Stuff (June 26, 2018) “Buzz Aldrin sues children, alleging misuse of his finances”