Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin says his kids aren't treating him right.
Aldrin, one of the first people to walk on the moon in 1969, is now suing two of his children and a former business manager, claiming they slandered him, messed up his financial situation and ruined his love life.
Aldrin filed a lawsuit in a Florida state court on June 7, claiming his the three slandered him by falsely claiming he is suffering from dementia, The Associated Press reported. He also accused the trio of taking his money and mishandling his credit cards.
A week before Aldrin, 88, filed the lawsuit, his adult children, Andrew and Janice, filed a petition asking a court to become his legal guardians. They said he was suffering from memory loss, delusions, paranoia and confusion. That petition expressed concern that Aldrin was being preyed upon by new friends who wanted to alienate him from his family, adding that he recently has been spending money frivolously.
However, in April, Aldrin underwent a psychiatric evaluation conducted by a geriatric psychiatrist at UCLA.
"I [...] 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," Dr. James Spar wrote in a letter to Aldrin's attorney, adding that the moonman scored "superior to normal" for his age on the tests he underwent.
In a statement, Aldrin's lawyer said Aldrin has been forced into the situation of suing his children and former manager and that it's essential for his future and for the future of America's Space Program.
Aldrin’s lawsuit asks that his son be banned from any control over his financial or social media business. Andrew Aldrin oversees his dad's estate, which contains memorabilia worth millions of dollars.
"Specifically, defendant Andrew Aldrin, as trustee, does not inform plaintiff of pending or future business transactions, removes large sums of monies from plaintiffs accounts, and continues to represent plaintiff in business and social capacities despite plaintiff's repeated requests for such representations to be terminated," the lawsuit says.
He also accuses his daughter Janice of not acting in his financial interests. The lawsuit claims that his two kids have ruined his romantic life by refusing to let him marry or get involved in any romantic relationships.
Aldrin’s eldest child, James, isn’t named in the lawsuit.
Andrew and Janice responded to their dad’s lawsuit by releasing a statement on Saturday, which reads in part: “We are deeply disappointed and saddened by the unjustified lawsuit that has been brought against us individually and against the foundation that we have built together as a family to carry on Dad’s legacy for generations to come. When we established the current structure several years ago, it was done so at Buzz’s request and with his full support."
As for the non-blood related parties, the former astronaut is accusing his former manager, Christina Korp, of fraud and exploitation of the elderly and unjust enrichment, according to The Associated Press.
As of 2016, Aldrin began living in Satellite Beach, Florida. He has been vocal about his struggles with alcoholism and depression in the past, and detailed his journey in “Magnificent Desolation.” Both his parents, Marion Moon and Edwin Eugene Aldrin, committed suicide. Over his lifetime, Aldrin has been the recipient of multiple medals, including the Congressional Gold Medal, which he received alongside his Apollo 11 crewmates in 2011.
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