Britney Spears may have helped thrust the guardianship system into the spotlight, but she's not the first celebrity to be a casualty of its abuse.
Star Trek icon Nichelle Nichols, known for her role as Lieutenant Nyota Uhura in "Star Trek: The Original Series," is at the center of her own guardianship battle. The 88-year-old actress who is fighting dementia has her former manager Gilbert Bell fighting with her son Kyle Johnson and close friend Angelique Fawcette for control over assets and personal affairs.
As previously reported, our country's guardianship system is filled with bad actors who seek to exploit and take advantage of the vulnerable. In fact, this week I spoke with ABC Action News on this very matter.
“This has been going on for way too long. There are legal gators in the swamp that are feeding off the vulnerable and it’s happening every single day,” I said. "My hands were tied behind my back. I had no legal right to help her. The only person that they would speak to was the guardian and the guardian was nowhere to be found. She was silent as far as my family was concerned. She told us that if we needed to deal with her, we needed to go through the law firm and the law firm took no action."
I continued by adding, “Until we rectify this in a major way, we’re gonna continue to see these same problems. And at the end of the day, it’s the fox watching the hen house."
As someone who went through this with my mother, I only hope that Nichols will be protected by someone who genuinely cares about her well-being. #Truthbomb