FILE – In this Feb. 28, 2018, file photo, Buzz Aldrin attends the 15th annual Global Green Pre-Oscar Gala, NeueHouse Hollywood in Los Angeles. Aldrin is suing two of his children, and a manager of a company, accusing them of misuse of his credit cards, transferring money from an account, and to blaspheme him by saying that he has dementia. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)
ORLANDO, Florida. (Novum / AP) — The former business manager for the Apollo 11 moonwalker Buzz Aldrin said Tuesday she is unfairly vilified in a lawsuit accusing her together with two of his children from the abuse of his credit cards and slandering him.
Christina Korp was also posted in a statement on Twitter late Monday, blaming people who started to “undue influence” on Aldrin, adding that they drove a wedge between Buzz, his children and himself. She told ABC’s “Good Morning America” she is saddened by this.
Aldrin’s lawsuit filed earlier this month in a Florida state court, came a week after the children of Andrew and Janice filed a petition to claim Aldrin suffers from memory loss, delusions, paranoia, and confusion. The children asked the court to appoint as guardians. The lawsuit also notes that Aldrin, 88, was the handling with new friends who are trying to alienate him from his family, and that he is already spending his assets as “an alarming rate.”
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The court-appointed mental health experts scheduled to evaluate Aldrin in Florida this week.
In April, Aldrin underwent his own evaluation conducted by a geriatric psychiatrist at UCLA, who said Aldrin scored “above normal” for his age to test.
“I also believe that he is perfectly for his physical health, 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 lawyer.
In Aldrin’s lawsuit, the former astronaut asked a court to remove Andrew Aldrin of control over his financial affairs, social media accounts, and a number of non-profit and business. Andrew Aldrin was the curator of his father’s trust. Buzz Aldrin said in the complaint that despite the revocation of the power of attorney which he had given to his son, Andrew Aldrin continued to make financial decisions for him.
Aldrin accused his daughter, Janice, in the case of not acting in his own financial interests and conspiracy, and he accused his former manager, Christina Korp, of fraud, exploitation of the elderly, and unjust enrichment. Also named in the lawsuit are several companies and foundations run by the family.
Aldrin’s oldest son, James, is not involved in the legal battle.
In a statement, Andrew and Janice Aldrin said they are saddened by the “not justifiable” case.
Aldrin told ABC on Tuesday that he is good in his own skin, and “there is less confusion and more clarity.”
He said: “families are forever” and “he is forever trying to patch it.”
Aldrin was a member of the Apollo 11 crew who landed the first two people on the moon. Aldrin joined Neil Armstrong on the lunar surface in July 1969. Earlier this month, Aldrin was at the White House for President Donald Trump with the announcement of the director of the Pentagon to create the Space of “Force” as a new military branch.