Legal battle erupts over care of Sumner Redstone

LOS ANGELES – A legal battle that began Wednesday over medical care for ailing media mogul Sumner Redstone has produced dueling portraits of the billionaire’s health and mental state.

Redstone’s former companion Manuela Herzer claims in a probate filing seeking to regain control of his care that Redstone can no longer make informed decisions and requires around-the-clock medical care. Her claims, however, were disputed by lawyers for the 92-year-old Redstone, who say he was evaluated by a doctor on Monday and found to be in good spirits and able to make decisions.

Herzer and Redstone dated between 1999 and 2001 and have maintained a close relationship since then. She has been designated in estate documents as the person Redstone wants to make medical decisions for him, her filings state. Redstone controls CBS Corp. and Viacom Inc. through National Amusements Inc., which holds nearly 80 percent of the voting stock in both companies.