A judge is expected to rule Wednesday on a request by Sumner Redstone’s granddaughter to become a co-petitioner with her grandfather’s former flame in a bid to regain control of his healthcare decisions.
Keryn Redstone filed court papers Tuesday asking to join Manuela Herzer’s effort to be reinstated to the role Herzer lost when evicted from the home of the 92-year-old Redstone last year.
In a sworn declaration filed with the court, Keryn Redstone says her grandfather is a prisoner in his own home. She says he is no longer mentally competent.
Attorneys for Herzer accused Redstone’s daughter, Shari Redstone, of trying to exclude Herzer from Redstone’s life.
Attorneys for Redstone, who recently stepped down as chairman of both Viacom and CBS, insist that Redstone knew what he was doing when he removed Herzer.
Herzer contends she oversaw Redstone’s daily care until she was evicted from his house Oct. 12 in a confrontation with Redstone’s driver, who told her, “Mr. Redstone doesn’t want you here.”
She claims in court papers that she approached Redstone and he had a “vacant look on his face” as she asked him if he was all right.
“He gave no response,” Herzer wrote.
She stated she asked Redstone if he was mad at her and wanted her to leave, but he again did not respond.
She wrote that Redstone was sobbing as she left.
Herzer has denied that her interest in Redstone’s care is related to the media mogul’s fortune.
Redstone’s lawyer, Gabrielle A. Vidal, has been fighting Herzer’s effort to regain control of Redstone’s health care, saying he is receiving more-than- adequate care.
Vidal has called Herzer’s petition a “meritless action, riddled with lies, and a despicable invasion of (Redstone’s) privacy.”
— Wire reports