Brooke Astor’s son, who is defending himself in court against allegations that he tricked his dementia-addled mother into willing him millions of dollars, has fallen ill again. So far during the trial, he has delayed proceedings by falling off a treadmill and suffering a concussion, and falling victim to a small stroke. This time around, the 85-year-old man — who wears a pacemaker after a heart attack and open-heart surgery — was not taken to a hospital but to the office of his doctor, who would not disclose the ailment. The trial and testimony are expected to resume tomorrow, when, even if no one gets physically hurt, no doubt more painful ugliness will ensue.
ASTOR TRIAL ON HOLD AGAIN AFTER MARSHALL FALLS ILL [NYP]
Related: Read a summary of the rest of the awful moments from these proceedings in our post, The Horror of the Astor Trial.