“Let it be clear that every one of these allegations are products of the increased confusion and memory loss that Dad has demonstrated in recent years,” Andy and Jan Aldrin said.

Their father had started associating with a few people who were “trying to drive a wedge between Dad and the family,” Andy Aldrin said. The siblings said they would not allow “opportunistic agents to grab the spotlight, break our family apart.”

They said they were also concerned about his increasingly lavish lifestyle, which grew to more than $70,000 a month at a time when he stopped accepting paid speaking engagements. His annual salary from the foundation was $36,000.

Mr. Aldrin appeared on ABC  to explain his views of the matter. His interview is available here.  A photo of Mr. Aldrin standing on the moon is available here.