Media mogul Sumner Redstone will have an independent attorney looking out for his interests during his legal fight with a former companion. Manuela Herzer launched the legal battle in 2015, after she was kicked out of Redstone’s mansion and removed as the person in charge of his healthcare directive. Since then, the fight has exploded on multiple fronts. It now includes a Redstone suit against Herzer, and his former fiancee Sydney Holland, accusing the women of elder abuse and claims by the women that the mogul’s daughter Shari Redstone enlisted household staff to spy on Herzer and Holland in an effort to push them out of her father’s life. The key issues across the various litigation are whether Redstone had the mental capacity necessary to make those changes to his estate plans and if he’s susceptible to undue influence. Judge David Cowan on Monday granted Redstone grandson Tyler Korff’s petition for a guardian ad litem — but stopped well short of declaring that Redstone lacks capacity to make his own decisions. Instead, it’s Redstone’s severe speech impediment that forms the basis for his ruling. “The court is finding that Mr. Redstone is incapacitated not because of his being incompetent, but, rather, because of… Read full this story
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