Friday 20 April 2018

Star Trek actor facing $170m lawsuit from man who claims to be his son

William Shatner
William Shatner

David Lawler in Washington

William Shatner is being sued for $170m (€150m) by a man who claims to be his son and wants him to take a paternity test.

Peter Sloan (59) says he filed the lawsuit after his mother wrote him a letter saying the Star Trek star may be his biological father.

Kathy McNeil, a Canadian actress, gave Mr Sloan up for adoption soon after he was born. However, he says she later revealed to him that she had an affair with Mr Shatner around the time that she became pregnant.

Mr Sloan claims to have met Shatner (85) in 1984 on the set of the television show TJ Hooker and says that the actor initially admitted to being his father.

"At that point he said, 'I just don't understand what you want from me,'" he told the US TV programme Inside Edition.

"I said, 'I just want to hold my father in my arms.' I started to cry, he was crying as well and then he lifted me up and held me in his arms."

A week later, Mr Sloan says, a representative for Mr Shatner contacted him denying paternity and asking that he not go public with his claims.

However, Mr Sloan did not drop the issue. In 2011, he brought his daughter to an event featuring Mr Shatner in Florida. "She went up to him and said: 'Can I give you a hug?'" said Mr Sloan.

"He said: 'Of course.' She gave him a hug and then she whispered in his ear: 'I am your granddaughter.'"

Mr Sloan says that he subsequently received a letter from Mr Shatner's lawyer saying that he is one of many people to have claimed that the actor is their father - and that Mr Shatner was too busy to discuss the matter.

In a radio interview in January, Mr Shatner was asked about Mr Sloan.

"Well, everyone looks like me. He's apparently a lovely man who's in need of a father," he said, before denying that there was any truth whatsoever to the claims.

Mr Sloan, who hosts a local radio show under the name Peter Shatner, hopes that the lawsuit will force Mr Shatner to take a paternity test. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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