Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin has had a storied career to say the least. He was a Command Pilot in the U.S. Air Force, the second person to walk on the surface of the moon, and was presumably the only astronaut to punch a moon conspirator in the jaw. His golden years have, unfortunately, taken a less-golden turn. The 88-year-old legend is suing his son, daughter, and former manager to regain control of his asserts, including “millions of dollars” worth of space memorabilia.
The lawsuit claims his son misused his personal credit cards, bank accounts, trust money, space memorabilia, space artifacts, and social media accounts. “The amounts are unknown in amount but substantial, potentially hundreds of thousands of dollars,” the lawsuit alleges. Aldrin also accuses his son, Andrew, former manager Christina Korp, and daughter, Jan, of undermining his “personal romantic relationships” by forbidding him from getting married.
Jan and Andrew Aldrin are board members of Buzz Aldrin’s ShareSpace Foundation, a nonprofit that promotes STEM education for children. They are also attempting to obtained co-guardianship over Aldrin claiming he is in “cognitive decline.” Aldrin alleges that the two have used that as a “tactic to gain further control over his personal relationships, business contacts and assets.” The suit also claims that Andrew transferred 475,000 from his father’s bank account into this own bank account over the last two years.
“I really felt that it really didn’t need to come to this,” the Apollo astronaut said in an interview with Good Morning America on Tuesday. “It’s the saddest thing that ever happened in my family. But as I’ve seen, family is forever and I will forever be trying to patch it up.”
Korp denies the elder abuse and says Mr. Aldrin is being manipulated by a new set of managers. “Almost a year ago, some people began to exert undue influence on Buzz,” Korp said in a statement. “These individuals began to actively try to drive a wedge between Buzz and his children, and me, for what I fear is their own benefit.”