What Bitter Legal Fight? Buzz Aldrin, Kids Drop Everything

Seems they wanted 'family harmony' before historic celebration
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 13, 2019 5:41 PM CDT
In this Feb. 28, 2018 file photo, Buzz Aldrin attends the 15th annual Global Green Pre-Oscar Gala, at NeueHouse Hollywood in Los Angeles.   (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

(Newser) – With the Apollo 11 moon landing's 50th anniversary around the corner, Buzz Aldrin and his family are making peace. The storied astronaut is dropping a lawsuit against two of his children just as they stop seeking legal guardianship of the 89-year-old Florida resident, Florida Today reports. "This was the most charitable way to manage a difficult situation, as this year, which marks 50 years since we first step foot on the moon, is too important to my family, the nation and me," says Aldrin in a statement from a consulting firm. Things were uglier back in June 2018, when Aldrin filed a lawsuit accusing children Andy and Jan and longtime Aldrin business manager Christina Korp of abusing credit cards, concealing financial information, and slandering Aldrin by telling people he had Alzheimer's disease and dementia.

Filed in response to Andy and Jan's guardianship move, Aldrin's suit also aimed to oust Andy as controlling trustee of an estate supervising memorabilia worth millions. Aldrin's kids said in return that "opportunistic agents" were exploiting him. Andy also ordered Morgan Stanley's private wealth-management division not to move assets from two accounts in the trust, or face damages, the Orlando Sentinel reported in February. But with Aldrin and his family organizing separate July moon-landing galas—his at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California, theirs at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, and tickets up to $3,500 a pop—he said the dismissals "will help restore family harmony." But he didn't mention their gala: "It will be an event to remember!" he said of his. "Onward!" (Read more Buzz Aldrin stories.)

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