It is a sad state when an active tycoon loses his marbles and becomes the object of a legal battle that not only demeans him, at the age of ninety-two, but reveals his daily sexual appetite – likely to stun people much younger than himself.
The elderly US media mogul Sumner Redstone is now accused by some of being a ‘living ghost’, obsessed with having daily sex and eating steak – presumably, to fortify his libido – but who can no longer make informed decisions nor sign his name, according to court documents lodged in a battle over his medical care.
Manuela Herzer, a former girlfriend who was recently thrown out of Mr Redstone’s Beverly Hills mansion, where she had been in charge of his care, claims that the controlling shareholder of Viacom and CBS is virtually house-bound and struggles to converse.
Doctors have warned him about his fixation on having sex and eating red meat, according to the petition filed at Los Angeles Supreme Court – where Miss Herzer, fifty, is seeking to regain control of his care.
Her claims have been dismissed as preposterous by his lawyers, who accuse her of being motivated by greed and fears that she will be cut out of his will.
The billionaire controls eighty per cent of the voting stock in Viacom and CBS, which has a combined market capitalisation of $45 billion.
Gabriella Vidal, an attorney at Loeb & Loeb, said: ‘It’s a meritless action riddled with lies and a despicable invasion of his privacy. It proves only that Miss Herzer will stop at nothing to pursue her personal financial agenda.’
According to his lawyers, Mr Redstone was said by his physician to be ‘his usual self’ and able to make his own medical decisions.
The whole case seems to be perforated with porkies on every level. To start with, his daily requirement to have sex is more of a fantasy that perhaps gives him some sort of secret orgasm peculiar to himself – but rather pathetic.
However, if his sexual obsession and fixation with eating steak gives him a new dimension in old age, well, good luck to the old bugger.
At least his fantasies give hope to others, who might feel that life has passed them by and ends with what most of us believe to be the symptom of an old-age hallucination.