(CN) – Astronaut Buzz Aldrin says Guardian Pictures and Whitelight Entertainment defrauded him of $225,000. The second man on the moon claims in Los Angeles Superior Court that the defendants promised to use the money to develop six movies, but spent it on operating expenses.
Aldrin claims that from 2006 to 2008, Whitelight Vice President of Development and Guardian principal David Ranes sent him “dozens” of emails, each one falsely claiming that the companies were on the verge of repaying the loans and promising bonuses to make up for the delay in repayment.
Aldrin claims that in 2007, Ranes sent him four bad checks totaling $600,000.
Aldrin demands $825,000 in damages. The astronaut and his family are represented by Robert O’Brien with Arent Fox.