NEW YORK (AP) – Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter says New York City socialite Brooke Astor forgot who he was when they met for lunch in Palm Beach, Fla., in February 2003, when she was 100.

Carter testified Wednesday at the trial of Astor’s son, Anthony Marshall, who’s accused of exploiting her mental decline to steal from her.

Carter says when they met she asked, “Do you know Graydon Carter?” He put his arm around her and said, “I’m right here.”

Astor’s maid testified the failing socialite forgot her own name in 2002. Carol Stanley says Astor asked, “Who am I?” Stanley says she told her and read to her from her autobiography.

Astor died in August 2007 at age 105.

Marshall is on trial in Manhattan on charges of looting Astor’s $198 million estate. He denies the accusations.


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