Did Buzz Aldrin Deliver a Punch?

B E V E R L Y H I L L S, Calif., Sept. 10, 2002 -- Detectives are investigating acomplaint that retired astronaut Buzz Aldrin punched a man in theface after being asked to swear on a Bible that he had been to themoon.

Officers were called on Monday to the Luxe Hotel on Rodeo Driveand took a report from Bart Sibrel, 37, who said he was attacked bythe former Apollo 11 astronaut.

Aldrin, 72, had left the hotel when police arrived about 4:30p.m. and was not interviewed, said Beverly Hills Police Lt. JoeLombardi.

Sibrel, of Nashville, Tenn., said he does not believe Aldrin oranyone else has ever walked on the moon.

He said he was trying toconfront Aldrin about his 1969 lunar mission when he was punched.The incident was videotaped, he said.

An early morning telephone call left at the office of Aldrin'spublicist was not immediately returned.

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