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Buzz Aldrin Sues His Own Children For Elder Abuse, Misusing Finances

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On July 20, 1969, Buzz Aldrin was the second man to ever walk on the moon, therefore known as a decorated astronaut for the rest of his career.  

The Apollo 11 moonwalker has still appeared in the spotlight following his retirement, as he's been seen advocating for space exploration and pursuing human settlements on Mars.

So at 88 years old, he's still quick as a whip - at least according to him.

However, two of this three children, Andrew and Janice, say he's in "cognitive decline," and have filed a petition to the court to become his co-guardians.

But Aldrin is calling their claims ludicrous, and has filed a lawsuit in Florida of his own, and is now suing Andrew, Janice and his business manager Christina Korp, accusing them of elder exploitation, conspiracy and breach of fiduciary duty.

The famed astronaut alleges his children have been misusing his credit cards, transferring money out of his account, falsely stating he has dementia, and sabotaging any potential romantic relationships.

Aldrin asked the court for Andrew to no longer be in control of his financial affairs, social media accounts, and several nonprofit enterprises. He also claims Janice has not acted in his best financial interests, and that Korp has committed fraud - all of which was done for personal gain.

His third child, James Michael is not listed in the lawsuit.

On June 26 and 27, Aldrin will undergo a mental health evaluation and says he's not worried in the slightest.

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

In April, Aldrin had undergone a separate mental health examination conducted by UCLA Medical School professor of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences Dr. James Spar, who said he was "cognitively intact and retains all forms of decisional capacity."

Aldrin, who is the founder of Buzz Aldrin Enterprises and the nonprofit ShareSpace Foundation, has also alleged that Korp, who had originally been hired as an executive secretary, began taking over his businesses in 2013. He added that she has since become the director of the ShareSpace Foundation and the VP of marketing at Buzz Aldrin Enterprises.

It was in 2016 that Aldrin realized he was taken advantage of as he was forced to attend events he didn't want to go to, endorse products he had no personal interest in, and had his passport taken away.

He said with the interference by all three parties named in the lawsuit he slowly became shut out of his own organizations, adding that he's been unable to fire Korp since Andrew and Janice took control of the companies' boards.

His two children have vehemently denied their father's claims and released a statement saying they "love and respect our father very much."

"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," the statement read.

"We love and respect our father very much and remain hopeful that we can rise above this situation and recover the strong relationship that built this foundation in the first place," it added.

Sadly Aldrin isn't the only star who's had a rocky relationship with his children. Check out these other celebrities who've had a rift with their kids:

[H/T: Daily Mail]

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