Astronaut Buzz Aldrin Sues His Children for Alleged Elder Exploitation

The legendary astronaut Buzz Aldrin, who has walked on the moon, says he is suing his children to maintain control over his legacy of space exploration.

The famous NASA icon filed a lawsuit in June that accuses his children, Andrew Aldrin and Janice Aldrin, of elder exploitation. The suit also says that they slandered him by saying he is suffering from dementia and Alzheimer’s. The children say their 88-year-old father’s health is declining and they want to be able to control his finances.

The children said they want their father to undergo a competency exam and want him to turn over control of his money. Aldrin has since spoken out publicly to decry his children’s efforts to seize his finances.

"Nobody is going to come close to thinking I should be under a guardianship," Aldrin told the Wall Street Journal.

“What Andy is doing is saying to Buzz, ‘You’re old, you’re not in your right mind anymore because you don’t agree with me,'" Aldrin's lawyer Robert Bauer told the Journal.

Aldrin claimed that his children have used his money “for their own self-dealing and enrichment.”  According to the lawsuit filed in Florida, Andrew stole nearly $500,000 from his father’s personal account over the last two years. The lawsuit said that there were repeated incidents when Andrew took his father's money without his father's knowledge. It also said that Andrew had a credit card tied to Aldrin’s account that he used without his consent.

The lawsuit also alleged that Christina Korp, who, like Aldrin’s children, is an administrator in both the for-profit and non-profit Aldrin organizations, stole from Aldrin. Korp is vice-president of marketing at Buzz Aldrin Enterprises and a board member of the Buzz Aldrin Space Foundation, The Guardian reported. 

Despite Aldrin letting her go in May, Korp represents herself as his employee, according to the lawsuit. 

Aldrin’s children have suggested that their father is being manipulated into seeing them in a false light by an unnamed third party, and claimed even his public comments about the situation on social media do not sound like their father.

When Aldrin sent a tweet saying that Korp had been let go, Jeff Carr, a spokesman for the Aldrin Foundation, said in a statement to The Guardian: “We are not sure who is responsible for the tweet regarding Christina but we are confident Buzz did not write this.”

Carr said that he has “concern for Buzz’s potential vulnerability to manipulation by other parties seeking to gain access and control of Foundation and personal resources."

Aldrin’s children deny the allegations against them and in a statement to The Guardian said they were “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.”

Buzz-0625 Buzz Aldrin takes part in the Veteran's Day parade in New York on November 11, 2017. Aldrin is accusing his children of elder exploitation. Eduardo Munoz/Reuters

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