Astronaut Buzz Aldrin suing two of his children for slandering his legacy.
The second man to walk on the moon has issued a lawsuit against two of his children and his former business manager in a Florida court, alleging they stole money from his account, are slandering his legacy and stopping him from getting married.
This lawsuit has followed an earlier petition from his children to take control of his finances when they asked a judge to name them as his legal guardians having claimed he was suffering from memory loss and confusion.
In a Wall Street Journal interview, the former US Air Force colonel said:
“Nobody is going to come close to thinking I should be under a guardianship”.
The main issue is the management of his private company, Buzz Aldrin Enterprises, and his non-profit organisation, the ShareSpace Foundation.
Buzz’s lawsuit claims that his son and the former business manager had improperly taken control of his finances, including millions of dollars’ worth of “space memorabilia” and “space artifacts”, and that they did so “for their own self-dealing and enrichment”.
The legal action also claims the pair had been slandering him for years by claiming he suffers from dementia and has Alzheimer’s disease. A court-appointed mental health expert is due to evaluate Mr. Aldrin shortly.
We’ll keep you updated as to how this story pans out, but it has certainly brought to the forefront of public attention a person’s legacy and the importance of seeking specialist legal advice to protect it before it’s too late.
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