Thursday, July 30, 2009
Recent testimony in the trial of Mrs. Astor's son, Anthony Marshall, suggests that Mr. Marshall instructed the woman in charge of paying Mrs. Astor's bills not to give Mrs. Astor any information about her own finances. The evidence also suggests that Mr. Marshall was responsible for limiting Mrs. Astor's promised charitable contributions to the Metropolitan Museum of Art while he spent large sums on his own projects.
Mr. Marshall is accused of taking advantage of his mother's mental condition during her final years of life.
SeeA.G. Sulzberger, Son Limited Brooke Astor's Donations to Charity, Trial Evidence Shows, NY Times, July 27, 2009.