Buzz Aldrin sued his children on 7 June in Florida state court. The lawsuit came a week after his children filed a petition alleging that their father had dementia and other mental health problems. ( Buzz Aldrin | Facebook )
Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon, filed a lawsuit against two of his children and a former businessman.
Buzz Aldrin's lawsuit against his children and business manager
The 88-year-old former NASA astronaut accused his children and the manager of moving money from an account, misusing his credit cards and claiming he has dementia.
Aldrin asked in his lawsuit for the removal of his son Andrew from the control of his financial affairs, social media account, business and non-profit companies. He also accused his daughter Janice of conspiracy and did not act in his financial interests. He also accused his former manager Christina Korp of unjustifiably enriching and exploiting the elderly.
Aldrin's attorney Robert Bauer said the lawsuit was justified.
"I think the basis of this process can be summed up in the idea of people taking too much of an opportunity," he said. "These are people who see opportunities in the future and see opportunities for themselves and are more interested in Buzz Aldrin's legacy than in Buzz Aldrin."
Aldrins alleged dementia and mental health problems
The lawsuit, filed June 7 in a Florida State Court, came just a week after Aldrin's children Andrew and Janice filed a petition claiming their dad suffers from memory loss, paranoia , Delusions and dementia. The petition asked the court to name her father's guardian.
"Let it be clear that each of these allegations are products of heightened confusion and memory loss that Dad has shown in recent years," Aldrin's children said statement released on Tuesday.
Earlier this year, Aldrin underwent a voluntary mental assessment with geriatric psychiatrist UCLA James Spar, who said his score "for his age" is better than normal.
He is fully capable of providing for his physical health needs, food, clothing and shelter, and is essentially able to manage his finances and resist fraud and undue influence, "Spar said.
However, Aldrin's children claim this is not the case.
The former astronaut will undergo a competency test conducted by forensically appointed mental health professionals.
Experts said it can be difficult to determine if someone has dementia, and not a single test that would be able to diagnose it conclusively Doctors use different tests, including blood tests, brain scans, and cognitive tasks. You can also ask a patient to prepare a toast to see if their memory and their problem solving skills are intact.
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